Monday, May 29, 2017

The Fascinating History of Hemp

Hemp is one of the earliest known plants cultivated and could well be the first agricultural plant in humanity. Hemp was used for its fiber and for its medicinal properties. The archaeological record shows that hemp fibers were used for making cloth and other textiles such as baskets and rope and ancient writings refer to its use. There is evidence of hemp cord in pottery in Asia as early as 8,000 BC, where Taiwan exists today. That is 10,000 years ago, which makes it one of the earliest examples of human agriculture and the start of the transition from us being a hunter-gatherer society to an agrarian society. 

Imagine how important hemp must have been to those early people if it was what they decided to stay in one place for? 

It wasn't until the early part of the twentieth century that hemp cultivation became outlawed in most of the industrialized world. The chapter in The Hemp Miracle about the history of hemp walks you through the journey of civilization and how hemp has been used in virtually every part of the world for rope, cloth, food, and medicine. 

The book goes on to discuss how hemp became associated with addiction and crime in the early twentieth century. This is a fascinating story that must be told. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7 Effective Ways to Manage Stress

Eliminate Toxic Stress

We have a culture that is very stress promoting. Stress is the number one reason why our bodies start to fall apart. Many hormones and biological processes are generated as the result of stress.  If we learn how to manage our stress better our health will vastly improve.
Common health conditions caused or worsened by stress include heart disease, hypertension, impaired immune function, infertility and mental illness. When you understand the tools of stress management and implement them, you can remain free of the detrimental effects of stress on your health and brain.
You are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of stress if you feel like you have no control, no way out, like things are getting worse, and if you have little social support.
The point at which good stress becomes bad stress comes when you feel like you can’t control your environment anymore, and become overwhelmed because you feel you can’t accomplish your dreams and goals or do the things you want to do in your life. Then you become burned out.
When you are in such a state you are over stressed. Your adrenal system shuts down, your immune system is compromised and your health begins to deteriorate. So, we want to be in this optimum functioning zone whenever possible.
I am sure you have read and heard it a number of times; stress causes belly fat. One of the first places to pay attention to stress is to notice how much belly fat you have. The belly fat has the greatest potential for creating inflammation and damage to the heart or other systems of the body.
An additional wrinkle is this: stress can cause you to become insulin resistant. This is called Syndrome X. It is basically pre-diabetes.

Stress Management Tips:

·        You will find your body relaxing if you take a warm, not hot, bath with Epsom salts for twenty minutes. Epsom salts is a form of magnesium. Your skin absorbs it in the bath to relax your muscles and will make it easier for you to relax. Add some lavender oil to the water. Lavender oil will relax you, as well.
·        Deep breathing: Close your eyes and try to take deep, slow breaths, making each breath even deeper than the last.
·        Visualizing a peaceful, restful place. Close your eyes and imagine a place that is calming and peaceful for you. Concentrate on how relaxed this place or activity makes you feel.
·        Stretch: If you allow your muscles to relax and breathe as you stretch, your entire body will respond.
·        Put on some headphones and listen to music. Research shows that listening to some types of music has the same brain response as meditation.
·        Get a massage. Massage has wonderful health benefits and should be part of your collaboration practice.

Read Create a Happy Life. This book walks you through a 21 day program to shift your thinking habits and create greater happiness. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Think Yourself to Success

Think yourself to Success


Today I want to talk to you about the effect of your thoughts and emotions on your outcomes. The psychological term for this is ideation. You see, our thoughts cause our outcomes to a great extent, so as we learn to master them we can reduce the devastating effects of stress and negative emotions in our business and relationships.

First, let me offer some advice. Stick with the winners. Find people that are not toxic to you; people who make you feel good about yourself, and then start hanging around with them. There is a lot of data that shows you will eventually do and be just like them!.
So, if you start hanging around with people who exercise, that eat well, people who have a positive outlook on life, people who are nurturing, your life will become like theirs and won’t that be wonderful? So, be with people you want to be like and then it will be easier to do those things that create long-term optimal health.


IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT YOU LEARN TO SAY NO WITH GRACE.

Many of us feel we need to do what people want and make them feel good to the point that we sacrifice our own health and well-being. So learning how to have good boundaries is another emotional step, and then learning to forgive. The more you can let go of resentment and anger the longer your life will be and the better your health.
We are in a culture that is a very stress-promoting. We have financial pressures, job pressures, family issues, and then, to compound it, we also have health issues with which we are dealing. So, stress is a huge thing. Stress is the number one reason why our bodies start to fall apart. There are a lot of hormones that are generated and a lot of biochemical processes that are the result of stress. If we learn how to manage our stress better, our health will vastly improve.

The Stress/Performance Meter

Now I don’t want you to think that stress is all bad because that just isn’t true. As you can see from this picture, there is a zone where people can perform at optimum levels. This is a level where a person is not bored by being able to control too much and provides enough stimulation and challenge that life is interesting, while not being overwhelming.

In fact, if you don’t have enough stimulation in your life, you get very bored. You become apathetic and depressed. There isn't enough challenge. You tend to not grow. That, in itself, can be very stressful. So work on creating an environment in which you can have control over your stressors so you can be stimulated but not overwhelmed by life. You want to get to a place where your thoughts and attitudes (ideation) is affecting your life in such a way that you feel positive about your outcomes and you feel that you can actually control things that are going on around you.

The breaking point comes when you can’t control your attitude about environment anymore and then you become really stressed because you don’t feel you can accomplish your dreams and goals, you can’t do the things you want to do in your life, and then you eventually get burned out.  When you get burned out you are over stressed; your adrenal system is shut down, your immune system is compromised, and your health begins to deteriorate.


So, we want to be in this optimum functioning zone whenever possible. Learn More.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What's Stealing Your Energy?

What's Stealing Your Energy?

JUST LIKE THIEVES THESE ENERGY STEALERS CAN SAP YOUR STRENGTH AND KEEP YOU FROM HAVING A FULL AND RICH LIFE. HERE ARE SOME KEY ITEMS YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF. EACH OF THEM CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS!

1. Shallow Breathing

This is a classic case of energy theft! Not taking deep, full breaths deprives your body of oxygen and makes you feel tired and fatigued.

2. Emotional Pain

Hurt, sadness and anger are too heavy to carry with you at all times. Drop off some of these negative emotions during the day – exercise it out, talk to someone who cares, and work on forgiving those who have hurt you.

3. Doing Too Much

Giving to others is important, but make sure you don’t overbook. Doing too much will only make you feel burned out – and it’s difficult to do anything when you don’t have energy.

4. Neglecting your Spiritual Side

You give your body and mind a lot of attention during the day, but your spiritual side needs attention too. Focusing on this aspect of your life for a few minutes each day can add inspiration and joy to your life.

5. Not Eating Nutritiously

Energy is stolen the minute you eat meals and snacks that aren’t nutritious. Give your body the nutrients it needs with healthy, natural food and Mannatech’s Optimal Health System.

6. Watching Too Much TV

It’s fine to watch programs you enjoy, but are you “zoning out” in front of the tube? Ask yourself how much you’re enjoying the program you’re watching. If you’re only watching because you can’t think of anything else to do, shut the TV off and do something you really enjoy. Garden, go for a walk, play with a pet, call a friend, or read.

7. Being Ungrateful

Not being grateful for the wonderful big and small things in life steals your energy. Noticing all of the things you have in life makes you feel warm with joy.

8. Worry

Worrying is a part of life, but when you worry about things you can’t control, you use up energy you could be using to enjoy your life. The next time you get stuck in a cycle of worry, distract yourself by doing a crossword puzzle, gardening, or going for a walk.

9. Not Letting Others Help You

We all need a helping hand now and then. When you resist help from family and friends, you drain your energy. Accept help from others and look for opportunities to return the favor.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Belief Scale

The Belief Scale

Did you ever hear this one: "The Why is Bigger than the How". Well, what I used to wonder was "How am I ever going to create enough belief to have a Why and build a successful life?"
Then I ran across this simple tool...

You see, as long as you don't have a road map that shows you how to get to where you want to go, you will take side roads, detours, and even get stuck at a few dead ends!

IT'S REALLY AS SIMPLE AS DEMONSTRATING TO YOURSELF THAT WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIEVE IS TRUE!

You can dream and pray and hope that belief will come to you, but until you actually do the work to validate your belief, you will remain stuck.

Please understand that I am not talking about faith. You can have faith without any validation or evidence. But if you want to have enough belief to build a successful business, you will probably need to do some work.

This Belief Scale is your road map. Simply start with today and measure where you are in the following four quadrants: Your belief in your own skills and talents, your belief in your vision and purpose, your team and resources, and your belief in your products or service.
Then focus on the weakest link or quadrant and educate yourself so that you come to believe to the degree that when something appears to block your path,  you will have the confidence to move through it.


Let's say you lack confidence in your product or service. Then, by all means, check out some competitors and find out if yours is any good, in comparison to theirs. Once you have done your homework, your belief will go through the roof and you will become unstoppable!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Five Steps to Resolve Any Conflict

The Five Steps to Resolve Any Conflict

Conflict with people is pretty much inevitable. We all see things through our own lenses, values, and perspectives. So, the reality is we will invariably come across people who are upset with us. Sometimes—perhaps often, for some—we will experience anger. It is our choice how we respond when we are angry, and that can make or break a relationship, a reputation, or a business.

Diffusing anger takes a specific set of skills and practice, but it can be done without becoming a doormat or losing out. Here are five powerful steps you can take to resolve conflict:

Step 1:  Listen to the person, and I mean truly listen

  1. Hear the person out…focus on what they say and quit always trying to defend yourself or others.
  2. Stay out of judgment!   We go there with alacrity; why?  Because that is how we listen.  These are terrible listening skills.
  3. Focus on them...not on what you want to say in response.
  4. Do not interrupt the person…why? Often people calm down
a)     they just “run dry”
b)     they start hearing themselves and see how foolish they have gotten over a small issue
c)     they finally found someone who will listen
  1. Critical that your body language reflects your listening:  you focus on their eyes, lean into them, do not say “I see”, no distractions.

 Step 2:  Apologize

  1. No matter whether you perceive you were wrong or not, it works to apologize because you truly are sorry if there was some kind of mix-up or miscommunication. You are not accepting fault when you do this. You are merely accepting that you are in this conflict and are sorry about it.
  2. Your willingness to be accountable will have a great impact on the other person.
  3. Make sure your body language (tone, posture) supports your apology.  If they think you are just trying to pacify them, this will not be effective.

 Step 3:  Sympathize

  1. Review the facts together as they see them in their mind and express some empathy for how they feel.
  2. It is important to convey an understanding of their feelings. It gives them a feeling that their emotions are important to you.
  3. Once again, match your posture, words to reflect this empathy.

Step 4:  Take Responsibility

This step is implied in the apology but goes beyond just the apology…it goes to doing whatever it takes to make things right.
  1. Get their order straight, pay out a few bucks lost, take care of the issue so that the person is made whole.
  2. This step moves everyone forward…gets the focus off of the past so there is no more dwelling on the negative.
   

Step 5:  Prepare for Action

  1. Decide how to resolve and communicate what that resolution will look like.
  2. Always attempt to go beyond the call of duty…in other words make the resolution have some kind of bonus associated with it. This is one of the most powerful things you can do to create a great reputation and have raving fans.
  3. Use the ASAP to remember this technique of resolving any conflict.
  • A:  Apologize
  • S:  Sympathize
  • A:  Accept Responsibility
  • P:  Prepare to take action