How to Re-Fuel with an Energizing Lunch

Right now, do you feel like you don’t have the time or energy to accomplish everything you want during the day? The solution that will not only keep you energized, but also enhance your efficiency throughout the second half of your day is surprisingly simple: make sure you have an energizing lunch.

“Lunch is a critical time of the day for me. I need a mental and emotional break and time to recharge my energy for an effective afternoon.”

– Greg Salciccioli, author of 7 Enemies of Excellence

The Energizing Lunch is a concept presented by Greg Salciccioli in 7 Enemies of Excellence. In his book, Greg talks about doing something in the middle of your day to re-energize yourself.

One reason why most people fail to have an energizing lunch is because of a perceived lack of time. Too often, people believe they are too busy to take a step back and recharge. In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey describes the seventh habit as “sharpening the saw.” He mentions that it’s important to take a step back in order to take many steps forward. His analogy imagines a lumberjack cutting down a tree. If the lumberjack continues sawing without stopping to sharpen his saw, it will eventually become dull and his work will become much more difficult. To stay effective, the lumberjack has to stop to sharpen his saw in order to stay effective. Even though it may take time to sharpen the saw, the lumberjack will ultimately cut down the tree faster and with less effort by always having a sharp saw.

The same applies to your body and mind. Every so often, you have to stop what you’re doing in order to stay sharp. All of us have a busy life around work or school. We constantly work at consuming information but we rarely take a moment to recharge.

I know the power of an energizing lunch first hand. For many years as a District Manager at Cutco, I would work right through my workday, failing to take a break and eat an energizing lunch. And when I would take a lunch break, it would be a stressful experience that involved picking a restaurant, waiting in traffic, and then rushing to make sure I would be back in the office on time. It was too easy to avoid taking a break, especially when I was busy assisting fellow managers while trying to complete my own tasks on time. Being so occupied, I would forget to take 30 minutes to recharge.

But recharging halfway through your day is so important. Most people choose to work right through lunch, but doing so sets you up for a less efficient rest of the day. When you only have 30 to 60 minutes for lunch and you’re already stressed from the workday, then fill your body with barely nourishing foods that drag your energy down the rest of the day – not to mention the amount of money you’re spending to eat poorly – it’s no wonder you can’t stay motivated and energized for the second half of your day.

The solution is to use your lunchtime as a way to energize yourself to dominate the rest of your day.

Three Components of an Energizing Lunch

Key components of an energizing lunch include eating healthy, taking time to relax with meditation and gratitude, getting the blood pumping with a walk or rebounding session, and, finally, looking at how you’ll tackle the second half of your day.

When it comes to eating a healthy lunch, it’s important to include fruit, salad greens, or smoothies to your lunch. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself craving a pick-me-up coffee or energy shot.

It’s equally important to put your mind in a positive space. If you’re having a stressful day, taking a break to meditate for 10 minutes – the Headspace app is perfect for this – can help tremendously. Another option is to think about what you’re grateful for and what you’re accomplishing today. On a busy morning, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects of your day. This is the time to get into a space of gratitude and look at your wins. You’ll feel much better about yourself and you’ll be in a better place the rest of the day.

To maximize your energizing lunch, you’ll need to get the body pumping. Sitting at your desk all day will leave you lethargic. Your body is not designed to sit in front of your box-like computer in your box-like office and talk on your box-shaped phone. Your body is designed to move. Unfortunately, today’s working environment makes it hard to move much throughout the day. Your energy and opinion of yourself will improve tremendously if you take just 10 minutes to rebound or take a brisk walk. The point is not to do anything strenuous and work up a sweat – just to get the blood pumping and your body will feel great.

Energizing Miracle Lunch (Get out of the office for 30-45 minutes)

Tip: Set alarm on phone with an inspirational quote to go off 5 minutes before lunch

15-25 minutes –  Healthy homemade lunch (salad, smoothie, fruit)

5-10 minutes –    Peace

  1. What are you grateful for?
  2. Meditation
  3. Affirmations
  4. Are we on track with our intentions today?
  5. What wins have I already had today?

5-10 minutes –  Get the blood pumping to take MASSIVE ACTION the rest of the day

  1. Walk
  2. Jumping jacks
  3. Rebound
  4. Deep breaths

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Making Your Life Goals List

Looking ahead to the rest of your life, it’s imperative to have a vision. The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Most of us don’t get what we want simply because we don’t know what we want. We’ve never written down a list of life goals.

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In his book, The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson explains how crucial setting goals is for our future success. He says, “We’ve never defined success for ourselves. And our dreams are as nebulous as cumulus clouds…The brain is a goal-seeking organism. Setting a goal creates structural tension in your brain, which will seek to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be, who you are and who you want to become. If you don’t set goals, your mind will become stagnant. Goal setting is a good stewardship of you right brain imagination.” Creating goals helps us to achieve what we seek, whereas a lack setting goals allows our minds to dwindle away.

My wife says I’m a dreamer, but really, I’m establishing goals. “A dream exists only in the mind, while a goal exists in the mind but is planned and it has a determined deadline”(Raeth). When setting goals, keep them measurable. Goals are a practical way of dreaming big. For example, getting in shape is not a goal; it’s a dream. Running a half marathon, however, is a measurable goal because you know you’ve accomplished it when you cross the finish line (and you’ll get in shape along the way if you train for it).

“Goals are dreams with deadlines. And these deadlines, especially if your personality is anything like mine, are really lifelines. Without a deadline, I would never accomplish anything because I’d be just dreaming of other dreams without taking action. And that’s why so many dreams go unaccomplished. If you don’t give your dreams a deadline, it will be dead before you know it. Deadlines keep dreams alive. Deadlines bring dreams back to life” (Batterson).

 

Keys to Figure our your LIFE GOALS:

Look to Others

It’s hard to pull life goals out of thin air, so I recommend looking at the life goals of others. Don’t cut and paste someone else’s goals, but looking to the goals of others is an efficient way to generate your own ideas.

Think in Categories

I almost always begin writing down my goals by breaking them down into categories. Categories such as adventure, work, health, educational, family, faith, legacy, travel, and financial help to organize your thinking and get you started.

Be Specific

If a goal isn’t measurable, you will not have a way of knowing whether you’ve accomplished it or not. Losing weight isn’t a goal if you don’t have a target weight within a target timeline. One of the ways I’ve increased the specificity of my goals is by attaching ages to some of them (i.e. I want to accomplish skydiving by age 35 or owning a vacation home by age 40).

It may be difficult or daunting to attach specific ages to some of your life goals, however, I encourage you to try it out. It’s better to aim high and fall short than aim low and hit the target. And it’s completely fine to make revisions to your visions. J. C. Penny was quoted as saying, “Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.”

Write them Down

Something powerful happens when you verbalize goal, whether in a conversation or on paper. On more than one occasion, I’ve been able to achieve a goal almost immediately after setting it because I was aware of it and focused on it. When you write down a goal, it holds you accountable

Also, at some point in the process of goal setting, you need to muster the courage to verbalize it. I’ve found that verbalizing my dreams and talking about them with others often speeds up the process or helps me to achieve that goal.

Think Long Term

Most of us overestimate what we can accomplish in a year, but we underestimate what we can accomplish in ten years. If we want to dream big, we need to think long. If you want to dream until the day you die, you need to set goals that take a lifetime to achieve. And it’s never too late to start.

The sad truth is that most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than they do planning the rest of their life. Instead of letting things happen, goals help us make things happen. Instead of living by default, goals help us live by design. Instead of living out of memory, goals help us live out of imagination.

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Life Goals List

So now it’s time to make your own life goals list. Get out a piece of paper or open a word document and let’s get started. I’m going to ask that you just stay open minded and write down anything that comes to your mind that you want for your life. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is just a rough draft. My life goals list is always morphing.

With my life goals list, I add the random cool things I’ve done as I accomplished them. What I mean is almost half of my list was added after I had already done them. I have done a ton of cool things that I didn’t originally think I’d do or had planned to do. Keeping this list helps me to remind myself and be grateful for the many great things I’ve done in life. I am able to feel good about my life every time I look at my life goals list.

Now I’m sure you don’t care about my dreams and goals in life, but I’ve included my life 2017 goals list below to help get you started. I list out my dreams, and as I accomplish them, I love checking them off. This helps me to visually see what I have and have not yet accomplished. Then, from my list, I like to focus on which goals I would like to accomplish in the year ahead. I then pick my Main 3 that I MUST accomplish this year to be a success, which helps me to narrow my focus. This way I don’t get distracted by the hundreds of goal I want to accomplish.

 

Jason’s DREAMS for 2017

  1. Master 12 books every year (Circle Maker, One Minute Manager, The One Thing, Total Money Makeover, Cash Flow Quadrant, Crucial Conversations, Making Marriage Work, etc…)
  2. Exercise every day (Maintain under 185 lbs with a 6 pack)
  3. Follow most of Tony Robbins health plan
  4. Save 50k+ total including my ROTH
  5. 5+ big trips a year
    1. Las Vegas P.Banquet, UPW-C.A., SLC, Costa Rica, Cabo
  6. Have a weekend to reflect and by myself (March or April)
  7. Buy my family a huge gift/donation-cruise 2017
  8. Sell 5,000 copies of my first book
  9. Get 5000+ Views on blog
  10. Get 100+ people apply for the D.L.U. scholarship
  11. Write 2nd book – Finding the One – how to do it right after learning it all wrong (relationship book w/ Abby)
  12. $1,000,000+ Office/500k New bizz/1.5 mill District
  13. Have 10+ DLU coaching clients
  14. Miracle Morning Daily (5am-7am)
  15. Complete the first two books for Toastmasters
  16. Start Josh Shipp’s Youth Speaker University program
  17. Give back 20k (10%) for charities and tithe
  18. 5-minute journal the 3 outcomes at the beginning of each day
  19. Give 5+ paid speeches
  20. Shedd Aquarium or Packer game with Abby

 

 

So now, take 30 minutes to brainstorm your life goals list! If you can’t do it immediately, schedule a one-hour time block to do it soon. If you’re married, it’s empowering to do it with your spouse as well. Get out your journal and do it now!

Here is one of my favorite speakers (Matthew Kelly) walking you through the importance of making a life goals list: (Start the video at 46:46)  

After you spend 30 minutes brainstorming your list, spend another 30 minutes picking out the top goals you want to accomplish this year. Also, put dates on some of your goals. Maybe it’s not realistic to buy your first rental property this year but in 3 years it could be possible.

Print them out and put them somewhere you can look at every day. As busy humans, we need to be reminded daily of what we want. It’s very easy to get distracted or choose what feels good in the moment as opposed to choosing success.

 

6 TIPS TO (try and) WRITE YOUR PAPER DISTRACTION FREE

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1. TURN ‘EM OFF – all distractions. Including friends, tv, or those SnapChat notifications. If your dorm room is too hard, then find a place that works. In the park. A local café. In your car.

2. DISCONNECT – completely. From from the internet – those pop-up notifications are deadly. From your phone – even on silent, a vibrating or flashing phone is just as distracting.

3. ROUTINE – create a sacred system. Write at your favorite time of day (I like first thing after I wake). Or write immediately after class while it is fresh on your mind and you don’t have a chance of procrastinating.In your favorite location. Play an inspiring music collection (I love chill gentle acoustic on Spotify).

4. SET YOURSELF UP FOR NO INTERRUPTIONS – with plenty of water. Have your fave drink made (I like to have a green smoothie as it gives me long term sustenance). If you think you will need nibbles have them at hand. Set it up so you have NO EXCUSES to stop and go get something.

5. MAKE A PACT – with yourself. Have a word count that you are obliged to reach. Or a project you have to finish. Set a timer if it’s a time deal.

6. REWARD – when you achieve your goal do something special! Something small that you can give yourself for reaching your goal every day. 10 minutes in the sunshine. A hot chocolate. Phone a friend. Something BIG when you finish a whole project! A night on the town. A new dress. You worked for it, you deserve it!

 

How to Stop Sickness When You Feel it Creeping In

What do you do when you start feeling sick? Do you mentally prep yourself for feeling horrible and being miserable for the upcoming week? Or do you take steps to stop your sickness dead in its tracks?

I have not been sick enough to miss my daily schedule for the last 11 years now. Although I am not an expert, I have relied upon a few tricks that have helped me stop lurking sicknesses in their tracks, and hopefully will do the same for you.

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8 Tips to Stop Sickness

  1. Start slamming tons of water with either apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. These two liquids help cleanse your body and detoxify it at the same time.
  1. Swap sugar, dairy, meat, and refined and/or processed foods for whole living foods.It is a proven fact that sugar, dairy, meat, and processed foods lead to inflammation and inflammation, over a long period of time, can lead to disease. Speed up your healing process with fresh juice, salads, and other living foods that your body will soak right up in all the right ways.
  2. Get plenty of sleep. It’s healthy to get around 7 hours of sleep each night.  But when you’re sick, you should be getting at least eight hours of sleep, making sure you are in bed and asleep by 10 pm. Also, go to bed early so you can wake up, start your day, and get moving with an energizing miracle morning!
  3. Still do light exercise.  A healthy, functioning body is going to help fight off the sickness much easier. Do some yoga, hop on the elliptical, or walk to work up a quick sweat, which will help rid your body of the stuff that may be keeping you sick.
  1. Sweat the sickness out in a steam room or sauna. I learned from my wrestling friends the value of a sauna, which is beneficial in multiple ways. Some even go to the extreme of bringing a gallon of water with them in the sauna and don’t leave until it’s gone (although I wouldn’t recommend this. A good rule of thumb is to stay in a sauna no longer than 30 minutes or if you’re feeling light-headed, as this may lead to heat exhaustion or worse). So bring a good book, lots of water, and be ready to sweat! This will allow you to sweat out all the toxins and sickness in your body while being hydrated. Bonus: a cold shower afterwards will really wake you up 🙂
  1. Get out of bed. Although rest is good and necessary, make an effort to get up. You’ll feel much more accomplished and positive, as compared to sitting in your bed of misery all day with your sickness, and positivity can only help your sickness.
  1. Get a new toothbrush. Get rid of all those germs that got you sick as well as any chap sticks you used while you were sick.
  1. Make a Hot Toddy.This combination kills a lot of bacteria and germs in your throat, but will also help you relax enough to get a good night’s rest. However, remember, everything in moderation! Overindulging may only make your problem worse.

Use these tips for when you start to get sick so you can beat that cold and stay on top of your daily routine!

How to Cover Your Expenses and Stay Out of Debt in College

With rising tuition costs, college students are graduating with more and more debt than ever before. Not only are students struggling to pay back their loans post-college, but during and after college, students are racking up credit card debt and unaware of how to budget the money they do have.
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So who’s to blame? No one and everyone at the same time! Unfortunately, being in debt and living outside of our means is common in our culture and often times, people learn this from their families.

Can YOU break the cycle? Yes, you can! Through my personal experiences taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course, learning from Tony Robbins, working with college students for the last 11 years, and once being a college student myself, I know you can.  Here are 4 SIMPLE steps to take to cover all of your expenses and start saving.

STEP 1: Write Down ALL of Your Monthly Expenses that You are Responsible for Paying

Tip: If you have no idea how much you spend, like most students, then look at your bank statements for the last month or two in order to get a good feel on where your money is going. My girlfriend even prints her monthly statements off and assigns a category to each expense, such as “food, entertainment, bill, etc” to track where she’s spending her money.

Examples of what the average student may spend in a given month:  
Apartment rent – $350 (outside of the dorm)
Apartment utilities/Internet –$50
Gas – $70
Groceries excluding a meal plan – $150
Cell phone – $80
Car insurance – $70
Dining out – $80
Entertainment/party – $100
Clothes/supplies – $50

Total: $1,000

(FYI, I’m assuming you’ve already paid for this semester of school, your parents have helped, or you’ve received a loan. I am also assuming you have a meal plan already paid for).

STEP 2: Download the Mint.com App

This app is a great tool to link all of your accounts together in one spot. It allows you to get a snapshot of your debt, expenses, and bank accounts. You’ll be reminded of upcoming bills, low balances of an account, and you can set up a budget for each category to make sure you stay on track. I believe this is one the best free tools to use for basic budgeting. A lot of students overspend because they aren’t aware of their spending or cash flow situation. Being able to open the app quickly and instantly see what you just spent that day or if you’re on track with your budget is half the battle. With this app, you will actually be aware of your spending and then, can do something about it!

STEP 3: Get Creative!
Once you start noticing your spending patterns, you may realize that you may need to find a flexible job around classes that will allow you to make money. The thing is, you probably have a busy schedule at school already and don’t want to have to bust your tail at a minimum wage job, just to make ends meat.

Think about the rut students are in. If they’re one of the lucky ones and making above minimum-wage with $8 per hour, they are only bringing home $6 dollars per hour after 25% of their paycheck is taken out for taxes. Let’s say you’re a student spending about $1,000 a month like the example above.The student who needs to cover $1,000 a month will need to work 42 hours a week just to cover their expenses (after taxes). In order to cover your expenses, you may want to get creative for work.

Ideas to make money around school:
1. Find a typical lame and boring $8 per hour job
2. Donate plasma 
3. Sell items on craigslist or eBay
4. Have friends pay you to do their laundry or type up their study notes
5. Become a CUTCO rep (Some reps on our team work 10 -15 hours a week and take home $1000+ a month.)
Don’t let the excuses “I don’t know what to do” or “I don’t have time” keep you from staying out of debt in college. Everyone is busy but will make time for what is important to them. If you don’t believe me, read this article on time management and how to make a Google calendar, and be the most productive and profitable you’ve ever been this semester.

BONUS for Cutco Reps Before the FINAL STEP BELOW

Let’s say you need $1,000 a month to cover your expenses, and you also want to save $500 a month for investing or to open up your own branch office.

If you are still reading this article, you are probably an above average person. Someone who is responsible, growth minded, and an experienced rep making 30%. At 30% commission, that means you need to sell $5,000 a month to take home $1,500. With the company average of $250 average orders and a selling ratio of 60%, that means you’ll need to set up 35 demos per month, or about 9 demos per week. This could be one to two demos, five days a week, OR you could go ham on the weekend with four demos on Saturday and five demos on Sunday around homework. Even if you don’t have a vehicle or live near your hometown, you can still demo it up! Check out this really cool link to the Cutco virtual demo.

Since it takes five phone calls (with averages) to set up one demo, that means you need to make 50 calls a week, which could be 10 each morning or it could be 20 on a team night and 30 calls during the Saturday morning Rising Star meeting. Overall time spent would be less than 20 hours a week to make $1,500 a month for current reps on the team who have hit a few promotions, not to mention priceless experience to add to your resume.

STEP 4: Stick to a Budget and Start Saving

Dave Ramsey lays it out so well with this Ben vs. Arthur example (see chart below) that shows how early investing can have a huge impact on how much money you’ll be able to accumulate over your lifetime. Even though Ben invested a mere $16k as compared to Arthur’s $76k, Ben ended up with an EXTRA $750k to retire with because he started early. With your new budget, extra income source, and savings goals, begin investing in a Roth IRA with your money. The best time to start…..is NOW!

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7 keys to CRUSHING your finals without being STRESSED

Do you hate finals week? Do you feel like you need to pull all nighters or slam Red Bulls to have a chance at passing them?

Here are some tips I’ve learned to help you crush your finals without the need to feel stressed or overwhelmed.

  1. TURN OFF ALL NOTIFICATIONS ON YOUR PHONE

How are you supposed to get anything done if you are watching Snaps, scrolling through Facebook, checking your tweets, reading your emails, and constantly hearing dings on your phone? We live in such a need-to-know-instantly culture that we are addicted to our phones. Turn off all your notifications when you are studying. A really cool app I just found about is called Forest. It allows you to lock your phone for a period of time to grow virtual trees. It’s like a video game because you are trying to not use your phone for periods of time and build your forest.

If you don’t want to be a phone drone, why not try it always? Is it really that important to instantly know what your friend made for lunch or if your fifth cousin’s boyfriend liked your newest profile picture?

I just read “The One Thing” which talks about focusing on one thing at a time. 28% of our day is wasted by distractions. Don’t let 5 hours in the library only account for 3 hours of actual study time.

  1. DO HOURS OF POWER

I know you may be in college, so I need to clarify this is not a “Power Hour.” This is a focus strategy. Instead of trying to power through endless hours of studying, break it into chunks.

For every 50 minutes of focused study time, take 5-10 minutes for a break. Those breaks could include doing jumping jacks to get the blood flowing, meditation to clear the mind, checking Facebook because you’re going through withdrawals, or going to the bathroom. You will return for the next 50 minutes rejuvenated and ready to focus.

  1. DRINK YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN WATER

I know this doesn’t seem like it relates, however, water is very important. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, and we need to stay hydrated. Even though it doesn’t give you a kick like coffee does, it will be better for your body, leaving you balanced throughout your entire study session. Drinking tons of water will keep you cleansed, give you better focus, and not leave you feeling drained and lethargic.

  1. GO SOMEWHERE WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS

Too many students study with TV or music on in the background. You aren’t absorbing everything you can because part of your brain is focusing on what’s going on in the background. Even the library can be distracting. It’s a great place to go study, but most likely you’re spending half your time saying “hi” to all of the friends you see, getting distracted by side conversations, and staring at the cute girl in your English class across the room.Find a place with little traffic, little noise, and somewhere that puts you in a good mood.

  1. DO THE MIRACLE MORNING DAILY

I could write a whole website on the what the Miracle Morning has done for my life. 😉 Essentially, it’s doing all the important activities that we should do, but we claim not to have the time or energy to do. What I think is funny, is that when it’s time to step up and prep for finals, students cut back on healthy habits. They think they need to spend all day studying. However, it’s even more important to keep those good habits up to be on your “A game.”

How good would you feel if before you studied, you exercised, reflected on what you’re grateful for, had a chance to clear your head, got pumped up with a self-confidence affirmation, and read 10 pages of an inspiring book? EVERY student has an hour a day to complete these activities daily to keep them in tip top shape for crushing their finals. Unfortunately, many students eat crappy, get less sleep, don’t exercise, and sit in front of a screen all day.

  1. GO TO COLLEGE THE WAY YOU WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL

Isn’t it funny how college students complain about a packed day of classes when they only have 4 classes? That’s about 5 hours of actual class. We used to go to school from 7:45 am-2:45 pm. That’s a straight 7 hours. Students don’t need to cram for exams or pull all-nighters if they just treated college like high school. What I mean is “go to school” from 8 am-4 pm, even though you might only have 3 actual classes in that time frame. Fill the hour gaps with study and homework time. That way you are already focused and in school mode. Then you can have fun and relax all night. Do you really need that nap, or that extra game of COD, or to see ESPN for the 3rd time? Resist short term pleasure throughout the day, to have long term happiness later.

  1. STAY POSITIVE

In my original Vector Marketing work training, I learned that “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” It’s amazing how powerful our brains are. Go into your finals week confident and motivated. You are smart enough, you have all the resources at your fingertips, you took good notes, and attended most of your classes. Don’t get stressed out and fill your mind with the “what ifs.” Most of the “what ifs” never happen. Build yourself up and fill your mind with positivity. You won’t be as worried for your exams with a ‘can-do’ mentality.

FINALLY, AFTER YOU TAKE THE FINAL…CELEBRATE!          

I find that too many students worry about their grade still after they have already taken the exam. They live in misery for days wondering what their grade is. Worrying about it won’t change how poor or great you did. Forget about it and move on. Don’t let the last test affect your next one. Some of the best athletes have the shortest memory of bad moments. If they have a bad quarter, they forget about it and believe in themselves for the next one.

Finals can be a stressful time, but if you follow these tips, you will CRUSH YOUR FINALS and NOT STRESS doing it.

Celebrating Christmas without Stress

MOST OF US SPEND TOO MUCH TIME TRYING TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THAT WE DONT ACTUALLY TAKE TIME TO SETTLE DOWN AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY.

Many people are stressed, worried, and rushing around to frantically buy gifts for loved ones. This stress takes away from what Christmas is really about. Although, gift giving can be a blast, most people are just exchanging money. Instead of spending money on gifts they may never use, why not give a gift of VALUE?

Here is a short and funny video from Kid President on gift giving:

GIVING GIFTS OF VALUE:

A couple years ago, I decided to give out “The Miracle Morning” as a Christmas gift. It wasn’t very expensive and was a “one size fits all” gift.  No guess work, no malls, no long lines, no hustle and bustle. This book could be more impactful on someone’s life than a new video games system or iphone.

Last year, I gave the gift of www.HeadSpace.com. I introduced people to the FREE 10 day trial. It’s an App and website on meditation and peacefulness. What better gift to give than one that helps people be less stressed and happier every day?

If my friends and family decided to stick to the 10 day trail and enjoy the benefits, I gladly gifted them a One Month subscription to the site.

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December has come with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas?

Here is a funny clip from the www.SkitGuys.com on the meaning of Christmas:

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The Dirty 30 – Is your life a HALF, a THIRD, or just a FOURTH over when you turn 30?

This blog is inspired by my 30th birthday AKA the “Dirty Thirty”.  I know what you’re thinking; Oh man, this guy is getting old! As I turn 30, I get the feeling there are expectations with this milestone. I should be trading in my party hat, be busy with a family, work a 9-5 job, put on a few pounds, feel more tired, and you guessed it I should feel old.

Don’t get me wrong, the aging process has started. I definitely don’t feel 21 anymore. Recovering after a crazy night out with friends takes much longer than when I was in college. The aches and pains our elders tell us about, they are real. After a day of football or basketball with the guys, I struggle just bending over. I have even seen a few grey hairs pop up. (Maybe you can relate?)

Despite all of these aging signs, I’m excited! I know that I’m going to live to be over 100 years old and I plan to enjoy it! Only a quarter of my life is over, and this is a time to celebrate being 30 years young. You and I should focus, not on what society expects at 30, but rather what does the rest of my life have in store. Recognizing, you are passed your party days and focusing on your future is just a step towards that future. Start creating an idea of new things you want to accomplish and get excited about the possibilities.

Fill your life with positivity! We will all stay younger longer and live a more fulfilled, vibrant life if we focus our minds. Choose to live a healthy life by nourishing your body with healthy food and regular exercise. It’s important to know that we CHOOSE to be young. “Our bodies are a reflection of our lifestyle and mentality.”

Here are two very powerful videos about people who sought to embrace their youth, despite what society expects.

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70 Year Old Woman Looks Better than Some 30 Year Olds

 

We are all meant to live long lives. Unfortunately, American culture is robbing years of life from some individuals through unhealthy lifestyle choices. Back in Biblical times, it was common for people to surpass 100 years of age. This was all done without the modern medicine and healthcare that we rely on today. You would think our society would be living longer with how many resources we have access to today.

Here is a fun idea to keep your party celebration healthy: Tipsy Yoga

If you want a birthday party that promotes fun and healthy meal options this is it. Try substituting fruit and veggies for pizza and chips. Also, try substituting liquor and water for beer and soda.

After everyone is warmed up and are a little tipsy, the yoga craziness will begin. It will be an hour of yoga in a circle. You will all be able to see each other and call out who messes up. You’ll need tons of shots poured in the middle of the room. The shot glasses will be filled with a clear liquor, water, and aloe.  You may be thinking aloe? Yes aloe is good for you. As we work our way through the series of moves, if someone falls over or out of pose, they need to hustle to the shots and take one. They don’t know if they will get a refreshing shot of water, a healthy shot of aloe, or a yoga inhibiting shot of liqour. Afterwards you can have movies, card games, and socializing. No need to be up till 3 am, hitting on random people, and filling our body with unhealthy pizza or fast food. Just a fun, relaxed, and healthy celebration.

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How to be SUPER PRODUCTIVE by Using a Google Calendar

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day?  You may think to yourself, “if only I had 1 more hour then I could get everything done”.  NEWS FLASH, there are enough hours in a day. We all have the same amount of time as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and the President.  Many people are busier than us but still get more accomplished. The secret is it’s not about the amount of time we have, but rather how you use the time that is important.

Back in my college days, I thought I was a pro at juggling priorities. If friends asked me to hang out – no problem, homework could wait.  I found myself forgetting things or feeling guilty because I hadn’t started my homework. It was hard to stay true to my word because I had no schedule or deadline. What I needed was a lesson in time management.

About 10 years ago I really began focusing on improving my time management skills. To maintain my daily schedule, I kept a planner where I’d track all my homework, appointments, upcoming events, and reminders. This method, though effective, was time-consuming and redundant. I grew tired of always re-writing my reoccurring weekly activities. That is when I started using google calendar.

Here is a very productive and busy example from Alex Filkouski, a Freshman at UW-Oshkosh. He was the #6 Cutco All-American Scholarship winner, out of 50,000 reps this past summer.

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This 3-minute video will explain why YOU should use google calendar.

Now that you know why to use google calendar, here is a video on how to start creating your google calendar.

Now that you have your calendar set up. Here are some tips to get the most out of your calendar!

We all have 168 hours in a week. It’s how we use those hours that matters.

Let’s break down the week for a typical college student:

49 hours:    Sleep 7 hrs/night (It’s healthy)

7 hours:       Miracle Morning (1 hr/day)

7 hours:       Exercise 1 hr/day  (maybe not quite every day J)

14 hours:     Eating 2 hours a day for meals and snacks (don’t forget that breakfast)

10.5 hours: Getting Ready for day & bed (assuming you don’t just roll out of bed 10 min. before classes start) (1 hr in morn and 30 min. at night)

5.5 hours:     Church, clubs, and other groups you are a part of

18 hours:      18 credit hours (assuming you actually go to class)

15 hours:      Study time/ homework (assuming you want to pass)

10 hours:      Going out Friday and Saturday night (I’m sure you have friends)

10 hours:      Spending time with your significant other a couple times a week (if this is                                  non-existent, I’ve heard Tinder is a pretty easy way to find a date)

7 hours:        Video games/TV (1 hour a day)

All Day:         I’d schedule time for Instagram and Snapchat but you are already doing that while simultaneously doing many of the previous tasks.

Now this is just 153 of the 168 hours of the week. Most of these hours are pretty conservative and not everyone does all of this in their daily schedule. For example, how about the student that only has 12 credit hours, doesn’t do the Miracle Morning, and doesn’t have a significant other? That’s an extra 23 hours a week from the example above. Also, many of these tasks can be combined. An example of a combined task is someone who spends time with their significant other while having lunch or watching TV. Using the schedule above, there are still 15 hours left in your week to find something to do with. If you spend more time than suggested doing one of those activities, adjust accordingly.

How Cutco reps can use those 15 hours a week to make money around school:
15 hours left (Team events -3 hours, 6 appointments completed –10 hours, 5 calls before & after each demo & 20 calls at team events already planted into time are 70 calls to set 7-10 appointments, P.C. & paperwork turn in – 1 hour, growing & getting better at job – 1 hour)
6 demos complete = 2 no salesX$17=$34, 4sales X $250 A. O. = $1000 at 10% is $100. An extra $134 a week is over $2,000 a semester as full-time college student.

To learn how to make the most of your time, listen to this 20 minute message on time management. It’s by David Scoggins, one of the top sales reps for Cutco.

To finish, I’d like to leave you with a thought:
Imagine there is a bank, which credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent of course!

Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever of this amount you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.  There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits.  Invest your time so you can get the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running.

Make the most of today.

Is Your Life Worth it?

Why don’t people value their life? 

Suicide takes nearly 40,000 lives every year. One of my good buddies (Zach Zellner) started a movement against suicide by encouraging others to LIVE their Life. Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst young people ages 15-24. Students are bullied in school, feel inadequate from media portraying the way they should be, and maybe not even believed in by their own parents.

The LIVE LifeProject was created to help others Love, Inspire, Value, and Empower life. Zach and his friend Jake came up with the idea after three friends, within a year’s time, took their lives.

LIVE is an acronym for Love, Inspire, Value, and Empower. They chose these four words because these are the words that can save a person’s life.

Favim.com-beach-happy-live-life-love-693983Zach wrote,”Whenever I think of one of my friends who took his life, I can only imagine the loneliness and hurt that they were feeling. They didn’t love their life or feel loved. Realizing this, the “L” in LIVE was a pretty easy word choice. Jake and I decided that if we wanted to help others Love Life, we must love OUR OWN lives. I’ve heard it from many speakers to “Love everything about life. The success, the failure, the challenges.”

Zach went on to say, “Inspire was our word for “I.” The definition of “inspire” from Webster online dictionary states that to inspire is “to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on.” Take the time to think of a person who inspires you and how great it is leaving a conversation with that person. When I think of the people who inspire me they have something in common. They inspire through actions, big and small and they say the right thing”.

“A great question to ask yourself when you have a choice to make “will this inspire?” The coolest thing about inspiration is it seems that the more “inspiring” acts I do, the more inspiring acts I do. It’s like a snowball. Begin creating a life of inspiration, again starting with yourself and before you know people around will also be inspired!”

Enjoying the sun“V” was probably the hardest letter to figure a word out for. In the end we chose “Value.” There are so many times when even in my own life it’s hard to see value. Such as when I experience a setback or failure. Then I think of the people who I’ve inspired while being a counselor at WASC Leadership camp or the family and friends that have added value to my life.”

Finally Zach said, “We chose to make “E” “Empower”. We were a little bit hesitant at first because we felt that “inspire” and “empower” were too closely related. However after we looked up the meaning of “empower” we were hooked. By definition to empower is to “give authority to.” That’s exactly what we want to do. We want to give people authority to live the life they are meant to have . Give people the authority to be out there and crazy! But, as is a common theme with these words, you can’t empower someone else if you can’t empower yourself. So empower yourself! Take a chance and step outside of your comfort zone. Do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do.”

Zach Zellner is the cofounder of The LIVE Life Project, a proactive movement against suicide and depression. He spends his time writing, speaking, and creating a life of inspiration. To see more of Zach’s work visit www.thelifelifeproject.org

One of the most powerful short stories I have ever read is called “A Simple Gesture”, penned by John W. Schlatter and published in the 1993 bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul.  With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. I’m confident that if we can start LIVING, it’ll spread to others. We can save lives!

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