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6/27/2016 Monday Morning Message

Play

Good morning! Did you find time to play this weekend? By play, I mean did you do something you really enjoy versus all the stuff you “had” to do? We each enjoy our free time differently – for some, it’s quiet time reading a book; for others, it’s running five miles; still others enjoy a round of golf or a night out with friends.

In our hectic lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and other commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we’ve stopped playing. If you don’t plan to have fun, you’re more likely to zone out in front of the TV or sit at a computer when you have some spare time. By giving yourself permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, you can reap oodles of health benefits throughout life. Play can:

  • Relieve stress. Play is fun and can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote a sense of well-being and can even relieve pain.
  • Improve brain function. Playing chess, completing puzzles or pursuing other activities that challenge the brain can help prevent memory problems and improve brain function.
  • Stimulate the mind and boost creativity. You’ll learn a new task better when it’s fun and you’re in a relaxed and playful mood. Play also can stimulate your imagination, helping you adapt and solve problems easier.
  • Improve relationships and your connection to others. Sharing laughter and fun can foster empathy, compassion, trust and intimacy with others. Play doesn’t have to be a specific activity; it also can be a state of mind. Developing a playful nature can help you loosen up in stressful situations, break the ice with strangers, make new friends and form new business relationships.
  • Keep you feeling young and energetic. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Playing can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping you feel your best.

Something to Think About
Incorporating more fun and play into your daily life can improve the quality of your relationships as well as your mood and outlook. Even in the most difficult circumstances, taking time away from your troubles to play or laugh can go a long way toward making you feel better. It’s true what they say: Laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh and have fun remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Play and laughter help you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments and loss.

Weekly Activity

Schedule time to play this week.

Words of Wisdom

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves – those who work hard and play hard.” – Colin Powell
“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P.G. Wodehouse
“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

6/20/2016 Monday Morning Message

Father’s Day

Good morning! Did you do something special yesterday to celebrate Father’s Day? Father’s Day honors fathers and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence fathers have on society. Dads play such an important role – not just in society, but in the lives of those around them. Even as adults, the influence of a father is ever present.

My father was tough and demanded the best in everything we did. He always said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” At the time, I thought he was too tough. Today I realize that my desire to “get it right the first time” stems from my upbringing, and it has served me well in business. If I was facing discouraging odds, he would say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” If I was afraid, he would quote Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous words from his inaugural speech during the Great Depression of the 1930s: “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.”

He instilled in me the value of working hard. Success, he would tell me, is 10 percent talent and 90 percent hard work. Above all, he loved me unconditionally, and his influence on my childhood has reached far into adulthood.

Something to Think About

Our fathers help shape us into the people we become. As a parent, you help shape your own children. Being a father is an awesome responsibility and one that brings great joy!

Weekly Activity 

Spend quality one-on-one time with someone special this week – someone who has helped you become the person you are. It can be anyone, even a child.

Words of Wisdom

“My father gave me the greatest gift he could ever give another person: he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

“My father always told me, find a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” – Jim Fox

“When I was a boy of 14, my dad was so ignorant that I could barely stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years!” – Mark Twain

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they will turn out to be heroes, even if just in your own eyes.” – Walter Schirra Sr.

“A working definition of fathering might be this: Fathering is the act of guiding a child to behave in ways that lead to the child's becoming a secure child in full, thus increasing his or her chances of being happy and fruitful as a young adult.” – Clyde Edgerton

6/13/2016 Monday Morning Message

All Smiles…

Good morning! How was your weekend? What brought you joy this past week? What made you smile? Did you know that smiling has many benefits to your well-being? Consider this:

  1. Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels. Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing – the brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake, as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. The more we stimulate our brains to release this chemical, the more often we feel happier and relaxed.
  1. Endorphins act as the body’s natural painkiller. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall.
  1. Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles and stimulates homeostasis. This exercises the body, replenishing the cells from a lungful of oxygen.
  1. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you, which is great for salespeople. Smiling makes you appear more approachable. Interaction with others is easier and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are shared, and these behaviors are contagious, making others feel better too.

Something to Think About

A happy, positive expression will always serve you well in life. This is particularly true for challenging situations such as stressful real estate transactions. Our clients depend on us to stay cool, calm, collected and positive. A relaxed persona indicates confidence and an ability to cope well in stressful situations.

Weekly Activity

There are many simple ways to bring more smiles and laughter into your life. This week, brighten your days by doing the following: 

Smile and laugh regularly.As I mentioned, your brain doesn’t know the difference between a fake smile and a real smile. Laughing and smiling more often will make you feel better, and you will become more likely to smile and laugh spontaneously.

  • Watch funny films, TV and theater shows.
  • Spend time with friends and family who make you feel happy or who cause you to laugh.
  • Find things to smile and laugh about.
6/6/2016 Monday Morning Message

JOY

Welcome to the beginning of summer! There’s something magical about June for so many people. For students, it’s the end of the school year. For teachers, it’s the end of the school year! Some are planning family vacations, others are graduating, still others are getting married. June is a month of JOY.

Joy is an emotion, a feeling… something that happens without us thinking about it. Many people think of joy and happiness as being the same but, in fact, they’re very different. Happiness is an emotion aroused when we buy a new car or get a promotion at work. It’s dependent on our circumstances occurring in accordance with our desires. Joy, however, is an emotion that occurs within us when we develop an appreciation/thankfulness for things such as nature, freedom, relationships with people and faith in something larger than ourselves.

Joy and happiness are both great feelings, but being happy is a result of good circumstances, and we can’t rely on good circumstances all the time. Joy, on the other hand, is an emotion that can be present in our daily lives. It’s something we can work on daily, much like the process of getting physically fit. Writing the three things you are most grateful for in a gratitude journal each night is a great way to practice joy.

Joy is a powerful emotion and the opposite of fear, our second most influential emotion. These two emotions are in constant battle and, when joy loses to fear, we withdraw and forget all that we have to be joyful for. One of my favorite sayings in times of fear is: Faith and fear cannot co-exist, so you must choose one! Look around, and you will see that you have much to be joyful about.

Something to Think About
Teaching yourself to be joyful is the single greatest thing you can do to enhance your health. Advancing medical technology is teaching us that the human physiology and psyche are affected by negative and positive emotions. Our three primary negative emotions – fear, anger and sadness – have devastating effects on our bodies when experienced in a prolonged state. On the other hand, our two primary positive emotions – joy and excitement – are like medicine to the body. Which do you choose?

Weekly Activity

Who in your life is joyful? Think of the different people in your life, and make a list of those who seem most joyful. Here are some traits you might see in them: They’re in good health, they value discipline and strong relationships, and they’re appreciative and thankful. Now make a list of those who are negative and fearful. What are their common traits? How are their relationships? How do you feel when you’re around them? Drained? This week, make a conscious decision to spend more time in the company of those who are joyful, and see how you feel. 

Words of Wisdom

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” –Albert Einstein
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh
“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Once you have to start counting calories, it takes away from the joy of eating.” – Mireille Guiliano

5/30/2016 Monday Morning Message

Happy Memorial Day!

This is one of those fun three-day weekends that we all enjoy. It’s the start of summer fun and BBQs as well as a celebration of family and those who fought and gave their lives in service to our country.

At the end of the Civil War, May 30 was established as “Decoration Day” – a day to decorate veterans’ graves with flowers. May 30 may have been chosen because flowers would be in bloom throughout the country by that time.

There are many stories to celebrate this holiday, but this one really caused me to stop and reflect on the sacrifices that so many make and have made: In 2010, Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez stepped on an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Dominguez was left a triple amputee, losing both legs and one arm. But that didn't stop him from marrying the love of his life, Alexis. To honor the vet, the town of Temecula, CA, donated all the elements of their dream wedding – an estimated $30,000 worth, including the flowers, the venues, the photographer and the food. But the real icing on the cake? Dominguez was able to walk down the aisle with his beautiful bride in a sunset ceremony.

“Did I ever think I was going to get to this point?” Dominguez said. “Yes, yes I did. Because nothing’s changed. I'm a little bit shorter. I lost a couple legs and an arm, but my brain's still here, my heart’s still here.” Check out the video of their story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSpOkCKT0oA

Something to Think About
It would be so easy to be bitter and angry about such a sacrifice, but Dominguez was filled with joy because he was able to walk down the aisle and marry the girl of his dreams. Our soldiers who serve know the risks when they enlist. How can we show our support?

Weekly Activity
Do something this week to support the military and the men and women who serve.

Words of Wisdom
“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” – Michael N. Castle

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” –Benjamin Disraeli

“It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – H. Norman Schwarzkopf

5/23/2016 Monday Morning Message

A Nod to JFK
Welcome to Monday; let’s make it a fantastic week! This week, we celebrate a man who was a great president, a great soldier and a great human being. That man is John F. Kennedy, born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to command a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific. On August 2, 1943, his boat, PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese warship and split in two. Two sailors died, and Kennedy’s back was badly injured. Hauling another wounded sailor by the strap of his life vest, Kennedy led the survivors to a nearby island, where they were rescued six days later. The incident earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for “extremely heroic conduct” and a Purple Heart for the injuries he suffered.

Kennedy went on to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961.

As president, Kennedy faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure achievements such as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. He also started the Peace Corps and won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Profiles in Courage.

When Kennedy was elected president, he gave one of the most stirring inaugural speeches in history. In that speech, he said the famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” It was a wake-up call for Americans to take a stand for their freedom and get involved on some level. Kennedy is credited with making Americans feel safe but, at the same time, instilling a deep sense of pride for their country and a willingness to fight to keep its borders safe.

In 1962, the United States discovered that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba. Those missiles would be able to strike the U.S. with nuclear bombs. In the coming days, the United States and the Soviet Union came close to nuclear war. The United States quarantined Cuba in order to keep the missiles out. After negotiations, the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle the bases. In return, the United States agreed to never attack Cuba and to remove missiles from Turkey.

Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy while riding in a convertible in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Almost every American who was 5 or older on that day remembers it clearly. There’s still a lot of speculation around the mystery surrounding his death and why it’s still such a vivid memory in the hearts and minds of so many. But one thing is certain: He was one of the most beloved presidents – a man who worked hard to bring about peace. This week we celebrate his life.

Something to Think About
What does the phrase, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” mean to you? Would it have the same meaning if spoken today?

Weekly Activity
We celebrated Armed Forces Day last week, and next week is Memorial Day. How can you honor those who served, or what can you do “for your country”?

Words of Wisdom
“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” – John F. Kennedy

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ¬– John F. Kennedy

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” – John F. Kennedy

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy

5/16/2016 Monday Morning Message

Salute to our Armed Forces!
Happy Monday! Let’s give a special shout out to those who serve to protect our country and those who have served in the past to defend our country as we celebrate Armed Forces Day and pay tribute to the many who serve in the various branches of our military.

On August 31, 1949, United States Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under the Department of Defense. The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense,” which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department.

Parades, open houses, receptions, picnics and air shows are just a few of the events that you might see this week. Who is that special person in your life who has served to protect your rights and way of life? Have you ever sat down with him or her to discuss the military or ask why he or she decided to serve? Ask to hear his or her “story,” because everybody has one.

Something to Think About
It would be wonderful to have world peace and eliminate the need for military defenses, but I don’t think we’ll see that in our lifetime. Because there are wars, and because there are people who would like to take away our liberty and way of life, the world needs those who are willing to serve, protect and defend our country. If that person is you, thank you so much!

Weekly Activity
Write a note to someone – or several people in your life – who serves or has served to protect our country. It can be simple, and it also can be a call just to say thanks. Here’s a sample note: Because I’m not in your shoes, I know I will never fully appreciate the sacrifices you make for your family, your friends, our country and me every day. However, I am especially reflective of my gratitude as we celebrate Armed Forces Day. It is because of your sacrifices that I am able to enjoy my freedoms. So with a great degree of sincerity and humility, thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do for my family, my friends, our country and me. Sincerely, Your Name

Words of Wisdom
“Well, in the first place, military service, they don't call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation.” – Rev. Rick Warren

“We must never forget why we have, and why we need, our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’” – Allen West

“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.” – Charlie Dent

“We, the People is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other.” – Charlie Pierce

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

4/25/2016 Monday Morning Message

Lots of Laughter

Welcome to a new week! What best describes your laugh? Did you know there are actually 10 types of laughter?

When someone slips on a banana peel, do you release small machine gun busts of laughter, or do you burst out with a belly laugh? Maybe you’re a giggler, or one of those silent laughers who keeps their mouth shut. Or maybe you’re at the top of the laughter tree: a snorter.

Have you ever laughed so hard that your stomach hurt? The human body can only increase in laughter so much until it starts to implode into itself – just like a black hole in space. Signs of your approach toward hilarious doom include tears, aching stomach and, ultimately, the snort. The snort is like a safety value: When a person begins to approach the critical point of laughter, a snort, or “Sus scrofa release,” as scientists refer to it, releases pressure. Everyone will snort when they reach this critical point of no return. Some never reach this critical point, and others max out their threshold very quickly.

Laughter also has been proven to reduce pain. Norman Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “I made the joyous discovery that 10 minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported.

When we laugh, our brains also release endorphins that can relieve physical pain and create a stronger immune system.  A 2000 study found that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh and be able to recognize humor in a variety of situations, compared to people of the same age without heart disease. Time to start watching more of those funny movies!

Something to Think About

Laughter appears to burn calories, too. A researcher from Vanderbilt University conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turns out that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter burns 50 calories. But don’t be too quick to ditch your exercise routine – one piece of chocolate has about 50 calories, meaning it would take roughly 12 hours of concentrated laughter to lose a pound!

Weekly Activity  

Look for ways to bring laughter into your life and the lives of those you love this week. Whether you call with a funny joke, forward a funny email or post a funny video to Facebook, see how hard you can get them laughing.

Words of Wisdom

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

“There is little success where there is little laughter.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.” – Norman Cousins

“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” – Marlo Thomas

“I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.” – Lucille Ball

4/18/2016 Monday Morning Message

Happy Earth Week! This week we celebrate the conservation of our most precious resource: Earth. I would like to pay tribute to the Earth Day Network, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement, including passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year, the focus is on trees.

Why trees? Trees help combat climate change. They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles. Trees help us breathe clean air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

What I enjoy most about trees is the trees themselves. There’s something special about having a picnic under a tree or children laughing with delight as they swing on an old tire hanging from the large oak out front. I love trees when they bloom in spring, and I love the shade they provide in summer. I love the autumn colors, and I even love the bare branches covered with snow in the winter.

It’s hard to imagine a world without trees. So do your part this week: Plant a tree, support an organization that plants trees, or just take the time to really appreciate the beauty they provide. Happy Earth Day!

Something to Think About

  1. An average-size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.
  2. 3 trees planted in the right place around buildings cut AC costs up to 50%.
  3. Houses surrounded by trees sell for 18% to 25% more than houses with no trees.
  4. Trees generate jobs and contribute raw materials for buildings, newspapers, books and more than 15,000 other forest products. Trees are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.
  5. By planting 20 million trees, the earth and its people will be provided with 260 million more tons of oxygen. Those same 20 million trees will remove 10 million tons of CO2.
  6. Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels and bugs. Groves of trees provide food and cover for larger mammals, such as raccoons and deer.
  7. Trees make people feel good. Workers are more productive when they see trees along their commute and from their office windows.
  8. Hospital patients who have a view of trees heal faster, use fewer pain medications and leave the hospital sooner than patients with a view of a brick wall… and spend 8% fewer days in bed.
  9. Consumers spend more money in shopping districts with trees, pay more for products in a shopping district with trees and are willing to shop longer when there are trees.
  10. Trees in the landscape relax us, lower heart rates and reduce stress.

Weekly Activity 

Plant a tree in memory of or in celebration of someone. It’s easy. Just go to one of these sites and make a donation:

http://shop.arborday.org/content.aspx?page=Commemorative

https://www.nationalforests.org/donate/plant-trees

Words of Wisdom

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.” – Jackie Speier

“One billion people in 175 countries will mark Earth Day. That puts tea parties in perspective, doesn't it?” – Greg Dworkin

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

4/11/2016 Monday Morning Message

No Complaining!

Good morning! Did you have a great weekend? If not, don’t complain about it! Did you know that – according to science – complaining is terrible for you? Wallowing in negativity has serious consequences for your mental and physical health.

Most people don’t complain with the intention of torturing others; rather, they just feel the need to “vent.” Although we think we’ll feel better by getting our emotions out, science proves otherwise. Not only does expressing negativity tend to not make us feel better, but it also makes listeners feel worse.

Steve Parton, author and student of human nature, outlines three ways that complaining harms your health:

  1. Synapses that fire together, wire together! This is one of the first lessons neuroscience students learn. Not only do repeated negative thoughts make it easier to think yet more negative thoughts, but they also make it more likely that negative thoughts will randomly occur to you and make you more negative. Through repetition of thought, the thought that wins is the one that has less distance to travel. Gloom soon outraces positivity.
  1. You are whom you hang out with! Not only does hanging out with your own negative thoughts rewire your brain for negativity, but hanging out with negative people also does much the same. If you want to strengthen your capacity for positivity and weaken your reflex for gloom, “surround yourself with happy people who rewire your brain toward love and a positive outlook,” Parton explains.

  2. Stress is terrible for your body! According to Parton, “When your brain is firing off these synapses of anger, you’re weakening your immune system – you’re raising your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes and a plethora of other negative ailments.” The culprit is the stress hormone cortisol. When you’re negative, you release it.

Something to Think About

We all know “those people” and have them in our lives. Try to limit your time around them and, whenever possible, keep turning the conversation toward something positive. Let’s help rewire their brains!

Weekly Activity 

Each week, you should be sending this email to friends, family and clients to stay positioned for referrals, repeat business and top-of-mind awareness. If you have not yet started sending this email each week, today is a great day to get started – especially if you have any of “those” clients, friends or family members on your list.

But YOUR activity this week is to go seven days without complaining – not even once. If someone tries to complain to you, just tell him/her that you’re not allowed to complain or listen to anyone complain for seven days. You’re busy rewiring your brain!

Words of Wisdom

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” –  Joyce Meyer

“I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.” – Heidi Klum

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” – Allen Klein

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you and, in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy

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