Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happiness Is Just a Thought Away



Happiness Is Just a Thought Away

Do we really know what happiness is? There have been times when I have wondered if I am really as happy as I am supposed to be. Have you ever wondered if this is all there is to life? You know, you think that maybe, just maybe, there is more to this world and you are missing out. The truth is, we all have these thoughts about happiness and life and sometimes they make us feel as though we are in a permanent rut. However, I have a good news, it does not have to be that way.
Happiness is a state of mind over which we have full control. Most of the time when we are feeling down or inadequate, we tend to let our minds focus on what is wrong rather than realizing all that is good with us and all around us. No matter your situation, rich, poor, homeless, unemployed or simply lonely, each one of us can be happy in an instant.
The key is simple and it takes little effort and it costs us nothing. It all starts with our thoughts and our belief that euphoria can and does exist. Too often, people hear about great ways to become happy and they try one of these ways. Then they become skeptical wondering why happiness did not immediately manifest itself in their lives. Simply put, we must first believe in what we are trying to achieve and then get out of our own way. When you are able to clear your mind and understand that happiness is a few simple thoughts away, then it will flow to you like a river of love.
Several years ago, I was in a very bad place and was not sure if I would ever emerge from it. In fact, many times I felt like just giving up. I kept telling myself that if I could just weather this storm and get back to being like I was before I would survive. This thought made total sense to me at the time, but now my view on happiness and growth are completely different. Let me explain...
I learned, that when we are in the midst of a life storm, our goal should never be to get back to where we were before the storm. No, the goal should be to emerge from the storm better than we were before. Think about it, if you are going through a major storm and you finally see the light, it just makes sense to have learned from it and come out better than you were before it. I believe that your goal should be to make each new day better than your yesterday. Now, how do we do that?
It is simple - It all starts in your mind and with your thoughts. Happy thoughts that you believe in will lead to happy results. Our mind is a muscle that loves to be exercised and when we feed it happiness, it will respond in kind. Each and every day, we have the ability to practice happiness and watch it work. Here is a great exercise to do each morning. When you get up, make sure that the first thing you feed your mind is a thought of happiness. Your brain will retain this thought and it will carry over throughout your day. You will begin to notice other people including strangers treating you with happiness as well. This will all take place simply because you have set the tone for your mind to operate. Remember, however you think, your body will follow.
Maybe you are in the midst of a storm in your life right now. Fear not. Try thinking and believing happy thoughts and experience what happens. Not only will your crisis subside, but you will begin to see that you are even stronger, wiser and better after it is all over. Remember, nothing in life is a quick fix, take the time to practice this each and every morning. Keep a log of your day for 30 days and then look back and see what you have been able to achieve. I promise, you will be amazed at how happy you can really become. Simply put, happiness is truly a choice within.
B. Patrick Lewis, is a trained Chef, Author and Speaker. Check out his new book 'In the Weeds" and other articles at http://choicewithin.com

Friday, June 29, 2012

Handling Negative Circumstances



Handling Negative Circumstances

No matter how well we feel today or how positive we may try to be, there are going to be those days you can't help but feel some negativity for a situation you may be in. Whether it's big or small, it affects you and your interaction with other people. Sometimes negativity can feel contagious, instigated by the others that rub off onto you. The more contagious it gets, the more difficult it can be to get out of it.
Accept the situation for what it is
One of the most difficult issues you will need to face when learning how to cope with negative circumstances is the necessity to accept things for the way they are. The only way I can look at it is things have happened that have gotten me to this point and there is nothing I can do to change that. The only thing I have any influence over is now, so so I better not waste it.
If you have been through heartbreak, a loss of a loved one or any other of life's unexpected disappointments, then you will understand the difficulty, but necessity of accepting the events that have taken place. You can't move on without acceptance, so I figure, how is that different than any given day? It is what it is and nothings going to change that right now.
Take care of things now
Procrastination is a top contributor to negativity. Depending on the situation, it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety that can easily be avoided by consistent behavior. Every day something comes up that can interfere with our routine in life, causing stress. This stress leads to a disgruntled demeanor as time passes and our obligation gets closer and closer to the deadline. As the stress builds, our ability to cope dissipates, causing more anxiety.
Look at it as this is your chance to get ahead in the game so if it ever comes down to "it is what it is", you'll feel confident you did what you could do. It makes it a lot easier to accept a situation if you have taken the steps now to rectify anything unsettled and avoid procrastinating.
Meditate
I can never say enough about the simple practice of meditation. I call it simple, but feel it is much more complex than words can express. It is simple in the respect that the only equipment necessary to perform is you. You can implement much of what you learn about yourself in handling difficult circumstances everyday by understanding and sympathetic to what we may not be privy to.
Like I had said, we are all going to have our ups and downs, happy days with gloomy days. I guess you could say you need both so you can have a comparison of both sides. It's not what happens to us that matters. It's how we deal with it that can show our true character.
Day in and day out, we face uncertain situations constantly. One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is simply do something for yourself. Enjoy who you are and the rest will follow. Follow my blog for updates.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Leadership Essential: Building an Unstoppable Team




Leadership Essential: Building an Unstoppable Team

It is the eleventh-hour and time is running out on a project/proposal deadline. The project, in the works for several weeks, has been plagued by setbacks. With a few days left to hammer away, your team is worn down. They have prematurely surrendered to the notion that making the deadline is impossible, and what energy they do have is going into figuring out how to skate past the established by-when, without burying themselves, and participating in a bit of "buck passing". Hum. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
In all likelihood, each of us has been here at some point before. So what is there to learn from these experiences, and how can you avoid having a totally plugged up and stopped team in the future?
Commitment: The #1 key to having a totally awesome and unstoppable team is to have a committed team; a team that is determined to reach your established goals and objectives no matter what; a team committed to the goal even in the face of not knowing for sure how to get there!
Communication: Even with every one of the other unstoppable team attributes covered, without communication, the team will eventually breakdown. Fact is, we are all human; your team is human, and we all face human-type stuff. Being unstoppable generally means you and your team members agree and are committed to stepping out of your boxes and being vulnerable, which brings up one of the biggest "human-type" things we face... Fear! No one can read our minds and without you and your team communicating-your fears, your upsets, your enthusiasm, your expectations, and your boundaries-your team will ultimately fall short.
Delegation: Nothing will dampen the spirit of a team faster than a team leader who is unwilling to fully delegate to and utilize the talents of his or her fellow team members. Leaders who operate in this fashion are very thoughtfully referred to as Control Monsters. Now don't be offended if you see yourself here at all. Truth is, many of us have played this part at some point in our lives, and many more of us are card-carrying members of the club. The key to overcoming the club's clutches is to acknowledge your tendency, clean up where it has cost others, forgive yourself, stay present to your tendency, and when you need help... ASK FOR IT! If there is something you want and you don't have it... ASK FOR IT! People cannot read your mind
Authority: Now once the delegation issue is covered, you have to be careful not to trample the authority you give your team to carry-out the delegation. For example:
Jane is heading up Phase B of Leader Bill's project, and Bill finds himself disagreeing with her approach to a particular aspect of Phase B, but Bill discovers this after discussing it, not with Jane but, with Jack. Now, where Bill goes wrong is that he overrides Jane's directive to Jack and has him go about the issue in HIS way.
Wow! There are few things worse than undermining a team member to another. In this situation, Bill should have gone back to Jane and discussed this issue directly with her, and if he still disagreed, provide her with his input and together work out the best solution. Does this sound time-consuming? Possibly, but consider what would be learned by your team and could be applied in the future. In addition, there is no doubt, the time consumed by upset and consternation far outweighs the time it takes to have a conversation with your team members.
Accountability: With delegation and authority comes accountability. A team member that wants the power and prestige of a certain position has to be willing and fully understand that accountability is part of the package. If they don't get it, then no deal! The lack of accountability is the greatest pitfall of most teams and their leadership. People don't want to be held accountable, nor do they want to hold others accountable, and then they wonder why their team fails to measure up and obtain their goals. If you want a solid team that is steadfast and focused, everyone must own that they are accountable for what they say they are going to do, by-when they are going to do it, and the results they obtain.
Passion: Passion runs deeper than excitement. It is something that grabs you deep down inside and makes you wholeheartedly say, "Yes. I definitely want to be a part of this!" That is passion, and at its core, passion does not wane. Now, that is not to say that passion does not burn low from time to time, but this is where the human-type stuff shows up and can bring you down, if you let it. So, how do you keep passion burning on high? With vision, communication, commitment, doing what you love and asking for what you want.
And just one more thing... having F-U-N is not against the law!
A well-known executive business coach, Clay Nelson is no ordinary, fly-by night, new-to-the-game coach! Clay Nelson has been coaching executives for over 30 years. Coaching from the core fact that growing people is the key to growing any business, Clay has helped countless business executives and their teams come together to not just improve their businesses, but to improve their lives. Clay's personal life experience, years of coaching, and his natural abilities to motivate, teach, and develop leaders is what makes him stand apart as a leader in the field... committed to making a difference wherever a difference needs to be made.
Clay Nelson is also a well-regarded motivational and educational speaker, providing outstanding programs customized to the audiences he is speaking with. Able to speak on any number of topics within his noted specialties, Clay Nelson is known for moving audiences from the status quo to action as they create the businesses and lives they say they want to have.
For more information go to: http://www.claynelsonlifebalance.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Personal Leadership for Peak Performance



Personal Leadership for Peak Performance

Much has been made of the word "leadership" in business as a way of inspiring better performance. Leaders must not only think of leading others, however. They must also know how to lead themselves.
The definition of leadership is simply "the act of leading;" a leader is simply "one who leads." The definition of personal leadership is quite literally "leadership of oneself," or the act of taking the lead in one's own life.
Those who assume personal leadership become the lead - the person in a position of advantage - because they take initiative, because they are able to come up with the solutions they need, and because they are able to take advantage of the opportunities (the 'leads') that come their way. As such, they become an example, setting a precedent for and inspiring others.
We can summarize this trail of thought this way: those who excel in personal leadership will be the ones who take the lead - in their organizations, in their businesses, and in their lives.
Personal leadership is the act of taking initiative for oneself. It is understanding that no one else is leading your life but you. You need to be the leader of your own life: setting the agenda, choosing the priorities, taking the action. You need to bring out the best in yourself, because no one else can do that for you.
You need to know your strengths and weaknesses, and you need to know what fulfills you. You need to have a sense of the contribution you have to make, then arrange your time and commitments to make it. You need to learn to leverage other people - not to be take advantage of them, but in a spirit of collaboration and support. You need to keep learning, on and on throughout your life so that you are keeping up with the pace of change - both the changes in your own life and the changes all around you.
You need to learn how to stay open to the possibilities, recognizing that there are forces at work that are bigger than you and may help you achieve your goals (and more) beyond what you're able to do for yourself.
In other words, even though personal leadership is a way of making things happen, there's also a way in which you can also learn to let them happen. Finally, skillful personal leadership means learning to integrate and align all the parts of your life so that you live and lead with integrity. That is the source of your personal power, and the ultimate path to a more natural, easier, more effective you.
How is that different from "regular" leadership? Frankly, it shouldn't be. Nevertheless, the term "leadership" has been appropriated by the business world to mean something like, "the ways in which people in positions of power get to determine the direction for other people and the whole organizations."
This definition gets leadership backwards. Leaders earn the followership of others by having the kind of clarity, vision and commitment that they would be inspired to follow - all of which depend upon personal leadership.
Personal leadership does indeed honor the rights of people to understand what will enrich their lives, but only for the sake of being their best - for themselves, for other people, for their organizations, for the world.
Joelle K. Jay, Ph.D. ( http://www.JoelleKJay.com ) is an executive coach, speaker and author who strategizes with business leaders to enhance performance and maximize business results. Her book, The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership, reveals the leadership strategies practiced by the highest achieving leaders in America's most successful and admired companies. Her free newsletter, Inner Edge Insights, offers articles, exercises, tips, quotes, and success stories from real leaders to help you excel. Subscribe now! Click here: http://www.JoelleKJay.com.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Staying Positive in Adverse Situations



Staying Positive in Adverse Situations

Millions of individuals are suffering from unjustified trauma, trial, troubles and heartache. Bad things happen to good people. In several occasions all of us would have come across situations where we feel enormously hassled, and situations where we become too emotional. At times, we are compelled to feel like reacting in a manner that we have never reacted before. While going through these kind of circumstances, it is difficult to keep a positive attitude, however, do not forget that we are usually judged by our reflections so staying positive is the effective way to react to an unfavorable circumstances. Since no two individual will respond alike to the same situation. How we react individually to these situations is what makes the difference. Like Viktor Frankl rightly pointed out, "everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way".
Given a problem, there are millions of ways to approach it. Usually when things go wrong, our natural inclination is to release frustration, aggravation, act in disappointment, despair, gloominess and then depression sets in. These types of negative reaction will only make the circumstances worse.
You can overcome an adverse situation by keeping up a positive attitude. Your attitude when confronted with an adverse situation is a choice. The good thing about choices is that we are born choosers. We are all choosers waiting to be chosen by our choices. We are not born winners or losers but we are born choosers and the choices we make create our world.
In order to stay positive in a negative situation, one must learn to control his or her response. If you take action out of emotion it can only worsen the situation. We should constantly seek to be the masters of our situations and not give them the room to have power over us. By looking at adverse situations as an occasion to learn and grow, a chance to get to know ourselves, who we are truly. We can achieve this by accentuating positive attitude through our actions, thoughts and words. Surely it's not about what happens to us but more about what we permit to happen in us and through us.
Maintaining a positive attitude is not easy and requires discipline on our part, but it can be attained. At first it can be a challenging process but eventually you will learn to control your reactions out of habit. When you can effectively apply it, you will be amazed at the results. It gives you an incredible feeling. Very few know and apply this principle.
In order to stay positive in a negative situation, one must learn to control his or her response. If you take action out of emotion it can only worsen the situation. We should constantly seek to be the masters of our situations and not give them the room to have power over us. By looking at adverse situations as an occasion to learn and grow, a chance to get to know ourselves, who we are truly.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Removing Negative Energy To Take Back Control Of Your Life



Removing Negative Energy To Take Back Control Of Your Life

The universe is made up completely of energy... energy that is either positive or negative in nature.
As you may expect positive energy brings about many benefits, however negative energy is a different matter.
Removing negative energy in your everyday life is vitally important.
Before I go any further, it's important to mention that from a human perspective negative energy comes from two different sources.
Some comes from people we come in contact with; the other originates directly from ourselves through the way we think.
Whatever the source, removing negative energy from your life is of paramount importance if you are to fully utilize your creative powers.
Below I will discuss these origins of negativity in more detail and explain some ways to remove this kind of energy from your life.
Negative Energy People
Do you have a family member, friend, or work colleague who's very critical and questions everything you say or do? Do you know someone who sees the negative side to everything? You know the type... those that carry the whole world on their shoulders and worse still are intent on dragging you and everyone else down with them.
I guess you've probably come across these types of people all the time.
The problem is however, most of us seem to tolerate and accept this kind of company or behavior as just one of those things and do very little about it. This is a big mistake!
Don't get me wrong, sometimes a highly critical person can prove a benefit if there's a need for some critical analysis regarding a particular situation, however in general these type of negative energy, down-beat kind of people can seriously debilitate you.
Their negative aura will slowly but surely drain you of your positive, creative energy which is so vital to your well-being progress in life.
But what can you do to best deal with these negative energy types of people?
One way is to try and switch off and ignore whatever they have to say. This can workable if you're part of a large group, but if you're the only other person in their company then this will prove very difficult.
Another way could be to chat to them about things that you both have a common interest in. This will help dissolve the negative atmosphere and lift the mood.
You could also ask them to talk about some of the good things that are going on in their life. It is extremely difficult to maintain feelings of negativity when one is talking about things that are happy and satisfying. This technique can prove pretty effective most of the time so when you feel their negativity is becoming oppressive then try using this.
If none of the above techniques work, and the person is still constantly negative and depressed then the solution is pretty simple- avoid being in their company as much as you can. This may not be easy particularly if it's a member of your family or a close friend. However if you want to create a better life for yourself; one that rich, happy and successful then exposure to these 'energy sucking vampires' must be kept to an absolute minimum. Do it now or you will inevitably pay the price later.
Negative Energy From Your Mind
Did you know that we all give off a great deal of energy? This energy we emit from our body primarily comes from one place- our mind.
Basically our thoughts are waves of vibrational energy that we are continually sending out to the universe.
So if this is true, which it definitely is, then I'd like to ask you this simple question... if your thoughts are positive what kind of energy are you transmitting from your body? If you say positive energy then you're spot on. Conversely, if your thoughts are negative then the energy you'll be transmitting will be obviously negative.
Your thoughts are the key to what you are, what you become and what you create.
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." Buddha
When your thoughts are dominated by stress, worry, and doubt then this drastically lowers the quality of your energy.
The important thing to remember is however, that this energy you transmit into the universe triggers into action a universal law that is always at work every minute of the day- this is commonly known as the Law of Attraction.
This law is basically a law of magnetism where 'like attracts like'. When this is applied to your energetic thoughts then you can see the serious consequences you'll face when your thoughts are dominated by negativity.
Your low energy negative thoughts will attract similar circumstances and situations that will continue the negative cycle.
It's therefore vital that you monitor your consistent thoughts at all time. Ignoring negative thoughts and letting them run amok within your mind will result in a life of never-ending problems and struggles.
You have to develop an ability of self-correction where negative thoughts are quickly replaced by positive thoughts. Doing this will automatically change your energy to a much higher quality.
Removing negative energy from your aura and replacing with one that's more positive and uplifting will then see you harness the true power of the Law of Attraction to work for you rather than against you.
A simple but powerful way to change your energy can include the use of self-affirmation statements.
Affirmations are statements of a positive nature that you can repeat out loud or in your mind. Repeating affirmations with strong emotions is very effective in helping you change the way you feel. They are also extremely powerful in changing your consistent thoughts and bringing about positive and permanent change in your life.
Another great way to instantly improve the quality of your energy is to write a gratitude list. This should include things that you're appreciative of in your life i.e. your health, your family, your character, past triumphs, accomplishments and successes.
When you have completed your gratitude list, carry it around in your pocket and pull it out from time to time and read it to yourself. Doing this will instantly lift your mood making it difficult for you to generate low quality negative thoughts.
I hope I've provided you with a little insight of how removing negative energy from your body is so important to creating a better life for yourself.
Your energy is the dictator of your future... your destiny. So start doing what you have to do today so that you're removing negative energy and preventing it taking a firm grip of your life.
A life of struggle and difficulty are the effects of negative energy that you create. Your energy is key to what you achieve and attract in your life. Discover a proven way to remove negative energy so that you can finally create a life that successful happy and prosperous.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Twelve Leadership Traits



Twelve Leadership Traits

Leadership has often been described as the ability to get others to follow willingly. Political, military, business, and religious leaders have been studied throughout history in an effort to identify the traits that made them successful.
Is there a common thread? And if so, what are those traits?
I spent years as a leader in military and business organizations, and I have studied leaders from those with whom I have had direct contact to those past and present leaders about whom so much has been written.
I encountered a number of truly outstanding leaders in the business world who were highly successful and widely respected, and who provided inspiration for organizations to achieve remarkable results. In the military, I encountered Marine Corps officers and non-commissioned officers who had been highly decorated combat leaders under the most terrifying, unimaginable conditions, and whose troops nevertheless followed them into that dark hole of battle. With political and military leaders, I've studied the lives of Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chester Nimitz, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Douglas MacArthur, among others.
I've made it a point to learn about business leaders such as Jack Welch, Lee Iacocca, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Herb Kelleher, Warren Buffett, and more recently, Mark Zuckerberg.
I have identified twelve traits that great leaders seem to demonstrate on a rather consistent basis. Some have strong traits that are not on this list and still others some have traits that are not particularly desirable, perhaps even detestable, yet they succeed anyway. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, such that every great leader embodies all these traits; it is meant as a guide to what I would consider the common thread bonding many of those leaders who are clearly exceptional.
Please note that in future articles, I will take each of the twelve traits and elaborate further.
My twelve leadership traits are thus:
1. Ability to Communicate
2. Courage
3. Integrity
4. Discipline
5. Fairness
6. Unselfishness
7. Dependability
8. Vision
9. Assertiveness
10. Professional Competence
11. Judgment
12. Creativity
These are the twelve leadership traits that I have identified among the best of the leaders I have seen and studied.
Are you a leader? If so, how do compare your own identified leadership traits to the above list? If you are preparing for a life of leadership, your possession and embrace of the above twelve traits would not guarantee you career success, since there are no such guarantees, but it would put you in good company. Very good company, indeed.
My next article will address the trait Ability to Communicate.
Gerald Gillis is the author of the award-winning historical novel "Shall Never See So Much." Gerald's forthcoming novel, a business thriller, is due for release in the Fall, 2012. Visit his website at http://www.geraldgillis.com and his blog at http://geraldgillis.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What Are Affirmations and How Do You Use Them?



What Are Affirmations and How Do You Use Them?

What are affirmations? Affirmations are simply positive words that will greatly improve your life. They are a declaration of what you want, how you want to feel, act, or be. An example of an affirmation is "I love and accept myself." Using affirmations is a powerful tool to help you create a life you love.
Affirmations can change negative beliefs that have been engrained in your subconscious all your life. Even if you don't believe what you are stating, your subconscious hears it and will make it so. Eventually it will "kick in," and your belief will be changed.
Affirmations changed my life. About six months of using affirmations regularly I decided I wanted to move to Southern California to live by the ocean. I was living in Utah at the time and had lived there my entire life. I was a single parent, and I had taken my son to San Diego in California where we fell in love with the ocean and wanted the beach life. I wanted to move there but I had no idea how this could ever happen.
I was the sole provider for my son and myself, I had limited income, I knew no one there, and it sort of seemed like a pipe dream. But I started doing affirmations such as "I love living by the ocean", "It is so exciting to live in Southern California", "I love my life living by the beautiful ocean". I also started playing ocean wave sounds each night when I was going to sleep and would visualize living by the ocean.
I was working at a hotel in Utah and mentioned to my boss how I really wanted to move to California. What unfolded was amazing. His father was investing in a company in Southern California about sixty miles north of San Diego, in a beautiful beach town. He needed someone with my skills to handle the accounting. I flew out, fell in love with the town, and moved my son and I a few weeks later! It felt like a dream. I couldn't believe it was happening.
Many people thought I was crazy for taking a chance like that, and moving my son and me when I didn't know anyone out there. I never regretted it and I still remember how powerful I felt that I made one of my dreams come true. I know affirmations and the power of positive thought made this possible.
Below is a list to help you make sure you use affirmations effectively.
1.     Make a list of items you want to work on with affirmations such as increasing your financial abundance, improving your health, increasing your, self-confidence, etc.

2.     Write your affirmation in the positive, present tense. For example, if you want to have more energy because you feel tired all the time, don't say, "I am no longer tired." Instead, say, "I have all the energy I need to do anything I want." This way it is positive, and you are assuming it happens now - not some time in the future.

3.     Use affirmations regularly. I try to do some every day. If you are struggling with a particular issue, try repeating many times a day. A trick I do sometimes is to remember to say affirmations every time I use the restroom. You may be laughing but it is a great time to remember to do them, especially in the middle of your busy day. It is like a little "positive mental break" from your regular day.

4.     If you find yourself saying something negative, immediately counteract it with an affirmation. For example, if you make a mistake and say to yourself, "Why am I always making mistakes?" counteract it by following up with "I am smart. I make good decisions and have a sharp mind."

5.     There are many good books to get affirmations examples from. You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay is a great starting point.

6.     Make yourself a book of affirmations. I created what I call my PowerBook to keep my affirmations in. It is a journal of all the affirmations I have created or read on various subjects such as health, abundance, relationships, and more. The PowerBook also has pictures of things I want in my life such as vacations, a new home, etc. It works like a vision board to keep me focused on what I want.

7.     Try visualizing what you want as you are stating your affirmation. The combination of stating verbally while visualizing will increase the power of affirmations.
Don't worry if you don't actually believe what you are saying at first. It will happen. When I first started using the affirmation "I love and accept myself," I would start crying. I was so hard on myself that I didn't see how I could possible really love and accept myself. I was 350 pounds and felt so unlovable. But I kept saying affirmations. One day I could say them without crying, and later on I actually believed them.
Affirmations work. If you don't already know their power, start today. They can help you create the life you want and deserve.
Angela Andrews overcame many obstacles in her life including a long-time battle with obesity where she weighed 350 pounds and a life-threatening addiction to prescription pain pills. She has learned to create a life she loves and she is committed to helping other love themselves and their lives. Check out her book Love Yourself Guide.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Most Popular Drugs Abused Today



The Most Popular Drugs Abused Today

Alcohol addiction is ranked as the third most life threatening lifestyle disease. In the United States, approximately 79,000 deaths per year are related to alcohol use. Alcohol is found in malt or distilled liquor, wine, regular beer and distilled spirits. The amount of alcohol present in these drinks differs, with distilled liquor and spirits containing the highest amount of alcohol. People get alcohol from bars and pubs, restaurants as well as supermarkets. Besides alcohol, the following are other most used drugs:
• Marijuana. This drug is legal in some countries, but illegal in the United States without a prescription from a licensed doctor. It has some medicinal properties that have been found to be specifically helpful to cancer patients. However, it is more often used as a narcotic for relaxation and entertainment purposes. Its abuse can impart adverse effects on the user. The side effects of this drug affect the memory and motivation of the user. Most people who abuse this drug get it illegally from drug dealers who are found in and around high schools, or even adult friends. Popular terms used to refer to marijuana include hemp and weed.
• Cocaine. This drug comes from coca, a plant that is popularly grown in Latin America. This drug has been used to make pain- killers and refreshing drinks, because of its medicinal qualities and impacts on the energy levels of the user. However, it is one of the most popularly abused drugs, especially by the rich. Abuse of this drug leads to hallucinations, paranoia and an increase in heart rate while using. Although it is completely illegal in the United States, cocaine users get it from drug dealers and it is fairly easily accessible.
• Adderall. This is medication that is prescribed by physicians as a remedy for ADHD. It can help calm down and focus those with ADHD but is also an appetite suppressant and reacts like speed in the average person's body. This medication has become more popular among college-aged kids and even new mom's because it helps with weight loss and keeps your energy level up throughout the day. Its side effects include temporary insanity while on the medication. It is easily accessible from your medical physician if ADHD has been diagnosed for someone in the family.
• Heroin. This is a highly addictive drug that was once used to relieve coughs. Today it is unfortunately one of the most popular illegal drugs in our high schools. It has been said that it's so addictive that trying it just once will get the person hooked. Side effects of Heroin use include shortness of breath, dry mouth, small pupils, cycles of hyper alertness followed by suddenly falling asleep and a droopy appearance. This drug is only accessible from drug dealers.
• LSD. This drug is illegal due to its life threatening effects. Its use is associated with visual hallucinations and strange experiences. Young people enjoy it because it takes you away from your daily troubles to a different, colorful, thought-provoking place. People who are high on the drug will often have dilated pupils, extreme changes in thought patterns, feelings on insight, confusion or paranoia and quickly changing emotions. While an individual is on LSD he is unable to make sensible judgments, which can lead to making dangerous choices. Long lasting side effects can include flashbacks and severe depression. People who abuse this drug get it from drug dealers.
For people who find themselves using any of these drugs in a manner that is adversely affecting their life, Alcohol and Drug Education classes online can help get on the road to sobriety.
All of these drugs mentioned can lead to serious health and behavior issues. Some include:
• Accidental injuries
• Risky sexual behaviors
• Violence
• Miscarriage
• Alcohol poisoning
• Neurological complications
• Cancer
• Social problems
• Liver diseases
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Violence
Some of these effects are short-term while others are long-term and can eventually lead to death. Taking online classes can be a beneficial step towards recovery as they teach students information on the effects of alcohol and drug use, and how excessive use can lead to serious health issues.
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