Weekend Wellness: Moving Closer To The Edge

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How often have you wanted to do or try something, only to stand back in your safety zone and simply think “what if”?  We all do it.  We stand 10 feet from the “edge” (metaphorically speaking) and wish we could inch our way a little closer, just to peek over the edge and see the other side, but yet we somehow talk ourselves out of all the reasons why we shouldn’t test the waters.  We get scared.

Is it that we are afraid of something that will harm us, or something that will help us grow?

Growth is, in itself, uncomfortable.  It’s new, it’s unknown and it could mean that if we grow, we might leave behind something which we’ve come to know that is familiar.  That familiarity, at times, however well it might have served us at one point…might be our biggest chain now.

The conundrum here is when we do go to our edge, we then know.  We know what it’s like to push ourselves.  We know what we are capable of and we know what boundaries we no longer need to limit ourselves by.

As I am writing this, I am thinking of all the people in my life who have accomplished a variety of athletic endeavors, business benchmarks, family achievements and overcome personal challenges.  Each of these individuals in their own right have grown exponentially from pushing themselves to their personal and private edge at different points.  They’ve not only blossomed, but helped others reach towards their own potential.

Think to times when you’ve kept moving forward.  Was your life enriched by it?  Did you discover something new within yourself?  Were you safe?  Did moving forward help get you to a better place?

Maybe it’s time to get “unstuck”.  Maybe look at ways to push your boundaries, to get a little uncomfortable and to peek over the edge.


Intero Cool Apps: Work Smarter Not Longer

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You’re constantly on the go and we know that.  That’s why having work accessible from anywhere is so important, especially as a Realtor.  Running from meeting to meeting, house to house can make any type of actual so called “office work” a challenge.  That’s where today’s app comes in.

GoConnectGoConnect was built by real estate agents for real estate agents.  That’s right, I’m taking about an app specifically for us.  The goal of the app is to help you manage your checklists on the go.  Its super simple design is surprisingly powerful.

To get started, enter your transactions using the [+] button, fill in some simple information and the app will create a whole schedule for you regarding that specific listing. It even works with the address book on your phone so you don’t have to re-enter contacts.

To keep on schedule, each morning GoConnect will send you a list of tasks that are scheduled to be accomplished that day for all of your transactions. Not quite ready to complete one of the tasks? Swipe it to the left and schedule it for later in the day or even later in the week.  Just completed a task? Swipe it to the right and watch your list get shorter and shorter.  To see further into the future, just turn your phone on its side and the next few days will appear.

GoConnect is so intuitive and easy to use you just might find yourself working less hours.  On their website, they even offer step by step videos on how to initially set everything up, add transactions and so much more!

It’s the perfect way to start working smarter on the go.

GoConnect video


Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: More Great Questions For Every Entrepreneur

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Today, I’m sharing with you numbers 11-20 of the 100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask from the Inc.com article.

  1. What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective leader? -Marshall Goldsmith, leadership coach and author
  2. What are the implications of this decision 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years from now? -Suzy Welch, author
  3. Do I make eye contact 100 percent of the time? -Tom Peters, author and management expert
  4. What is the smallest subset of the problem we can usefully solve? -Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator
  5. Are we changing as fast as the world around us? -Gary Hamel, author and management consultant
  6. If no one would ever find out about my accomplishments, how would I lead differently? -Adam Grant, author and professor at Wharton
  7. Which customers can’t participate in our market because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions? -Clayton Christensen, author, Harvard Business School professor, and co-founder of Innosight
  8. Who uses our product in ways we never expected? -Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne, authors and strategy consultants
  9. How likely is it that a customer would recommend our company to a friend or colleague? -Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings 
    “Taylor’s use of this question at Enterprise Rent-A-Car inspired Fred Reichheld to create the Net Promoter Score, a widely used metric for customer loyalty.
  10. Is this an issue for analysis or intuition? -Tom Davenport, author and professor at Babson College
    Davenport explains, “If it’s a decision that’s important, recurring, and amenable to improvement, you should invest in gathering data, doing analysis, and examining failure factors. If it’s a decision you will only make once, or if for some reason you can’t get data or improve the decision-making process, you might as well go with your experience and intuition.”

Monday Morning Mojo: Five And A Half Inches

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If you’re a golf fan, yesterday was the best day of the year to watch golf.  There is no other tournament more important and fun to watch than The Masters…especially the final round on Sunday.  Congratulation to Bubba Watson on winning his second green jacket in 3 years.

Bubba Watson

It is truly amazing to me what these guys can do – especially with thousands of people watching them live and millions more watching them on TV. If you are a golfer you know just how amazing it really is. I remember a commercial during the tournament a few years ago that summed it all up great in just a few words from the late great golfer Bobby Jones who said “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears.” I had heard it before but it had been a long time so I scrambled for a piece of paper and wrote it down knowing that it had the makings of a great MOJO.

Think about it – the average golf course on the PGA tour plays about 7,000 yards…4 miles. As big and daunting as it can seem with water, bunkers, trees, wind, lightning fast greens and competition…at the end of the day winning is not really about conquering the course, but more about conquering your thoughts. It is our ability to remain focused, disciplined and remain under control in the face of stress, obstacles and competition that makes winners. Everyone has to play on the same course whether it is golf, business, or life. Like golf, to win at anything in life the challenge is mastering the five-and-a-half-inch course. There are just some who know how to play five-and-a-half-inch courses better than others.

So next time you are trying to figure out how to cut some strokes from your game at golf, business, or life perhaps we should look at hitting a few less proverbial golf balls at the range and look at doing things to help us conquer the five-and-a-half-inch course between our ears.

Check out the Top 10 Masters Moments:  CLICK HERE

Grip it and Rip it in life this week!


Weekend Wellness: Salt

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The subject of salt is somewhat controversial.  We need salt to live, to thrive…but do we really know what we are getting with the salt added to most of our foods?  I found this article while prepping for today’s detox group, I thought I’d share…

Mineral Salt VS Table Salt

Most people buy iodized salt from the grocery store and don’t think a thing about it. They don’t realize that good salt can help give them good health, while refined salt can create some health risks.

Salt comes from the sea. It may have been laid down centuries ago in salt deposits, or it may have been dehydrated from pure seawater. Grocery store salt is different from salt from natural sources. It has been heated—up to 1200° F.! And refined to remove most of the natural elements. Grocery store salt is mostly chemical sodium chloride, while natural salt has up to 84 natural minerals in it.

Your body craves salt. In fact, your blood actually contains 0.9% salt, which maintains the delicate balance of sodium throughout your body. Just about every system in your body needs salt to make it work. It is especially important for your nervous system, but every body structure absolutely requires it. The National Academy of Sciences advises that we consume at least 500 mg. of sodium a day to maintain good health. How much a person actually needs varies quite a bit, depending on their genetics and daily routine.

The Healing Effect of Salt

For thousands of years salt has been known as a panacea. Alchemists called it “the fifth element” – adding to the standard water, earth, air and fire – because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element. Why are we so drawn to the ocean? Because our subconscious mind instinctively wants to return to the specific vibrational state of the ocean from which we once emerged. This is where we can return to recharge our batteries and regenerate. It was only two-hundred-fifty years ago, with the advent of industrialization, that we initiated our disconnection from nature and her ways.

Fortunately, we are witnessing a trend back to natural, holistic methods for living and caring for our body, including a shift to utilizing natural salts in this process. People everywhere are reconsidering the healing effects of natural crystal salt. We can find it in skin care lotions and for use as bath salts, and it is even used in inhalation or cleansing treatments for illnesses of the respiratory system and for a variety of other indications.

How Salt Became Sodium Chloride

With the advent of industrial development, natural salt was “chemically cleaned” and reduced to the combination of sodium and chloride. Essential minerals and trace elements were removed as impurities. However, sodium chloride is an unnatural, isolated, unwholesome substance having nothing in common with salt. Similar to white, refined sugar, salt, once regarded as white gold, was converted into white poison. However, there is a higher reason for salt having been endowed with all the natural elements found in our bodies.

Sodium chloride is an aggressive substance, which biochemically, is perpetually seeking an equalizing counterpart so that the body’s pH can always remain neutral. Sodium chloride needs its natural counterpart in order for it to produce its effect. The natural counterparts, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals and trace elements, demonstrate, from a biophysical standpoint, specific frequency patterns.

These patterns ensure the geometric structures in our body. When these structures are missing, we are without energy and are lifeless. Salt should not be used just to add flavor to our food, but for its vibration pattern, which is similar to our bodies!

The Consequences of Consuming Table Salt

The result of consuming common table salt is the formation of overly acidic edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue, which is also the cause of cellulite. That’s why doctors tell us to avoid salt. For every .035 ounces of sodium chloride that cannot be eliminated, the body uses 23 times (23x) the amount of its own cell water to neutralize the salt.

If the sodium chloride is still too high, re-crystallization of the table salt occurs as the body uses available non-degradable animal proteins (as those found in milk), which also have no value and cannot be broken down and eliminated. The body uses these proteins to produce uric acid in order to get rid of the excess salt.

As the body cannot dispose of uric acid, it binds itself with the sodium chloride to form new crystals that are deposited directly in the bones and joints. This is the cause of different kinds of rheumatism such as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones.

This re-crystallization is the body’s band-aid solution for the cells and organs in order to protect the body from irreparable damage of irresponsible food intake. But in the long run, it poisons the system because those substances cannot be disposed of. Popular diets say you should reduce or even eliminate dietary salt for good health, especially for cardiovascular disease. Perhaps refined table salt, which can act like a poison in your body, can be more of a risk. But the research is undeniable: reducing or eliminating dietary salt is basically wrong. Your body absolutely requires salt, but it has to be the right kind.

Natural health practitioners are convinced that good Original Himalayan crystal sea salt can improve your health. It keeps you safe and healthy during exercise; in fact, high-altitude hikers make sure they get enough so they don’t go into hyperthermia. Taking adequate dietary salt has improved and even eliminated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hypertension and stomach cancer have been linked to salt imbalance from improper dietary intake. Cystic fibrosis has been linked to improper salt metabolism as well.

Expectant mothers are always advised to take enough salt in order to help create a healthy infant.

If you’ve never tried good salt, you are going to be amazed at how good it tastes and how affordable it is. You may also be surprised at how quickly your health improves from using good, natural, organic Himalayan salt.


Cool Apps: Narrow Your Home Search With Doorsteps Swipe

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So you’re starting the process of buying a home.  Congratulations.  This is a big step forward in responsibility and commitment.  Figuring out the balance of what’s realistic in your area and what you actually want and need can turn into a daunting and frustrating process.  With so many houses for sale in general, it can also be very hard to stay focused.  Shiny knobs and expensive amenities are at every turn and these distractions can make it hard to keep your eye on the prize: a home fit just for you.  Today’s app will hopefully help with this.

Doorsteps SwipDoorsteps Swipe allows you to swipe through thousands of homes for sale and “like” the ones of interest to you. All of your “liked” properties will be saved and organized by location making it easy to view and share your favorites.  Narrow your search by price, beds/baths, or location to better fit your needs or click “Surprise Me” to get a glimpse into properties available across the country.Doorsteps Swipe Screen Shot

To help you with that whole focusing thing once you’ve run through all the pretty pictures of homes, the app will show you stats on patterns and preferences.  That means you’ll be able to clearly see if you’re leaning farther one way or another when it comes to number of bedrooms, bathrooms, price and location.

Doorsteps Swipe really is a great companion whether you’re looking to buy a home or if you just want some inspiration to update your current home.  I definitely suggest checking it out today!


Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

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My good friend, John Giagiari, recently sent me a great article from Inc.com.  The article is a compilation of 100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask. Asking questions can provide an opportunity to ignite imagination, avert catastrophes, or even reveal alternative routes that will lead to better solutions.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the questions addressed in this article with you 10 at a time.

  1.  How can we become the company that would put us out of business? -Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group 
  2. Are we relevant? Will we be relevant five years from now? Ten? -Debra Kaye, innovation consultant and author
  3. If energy were free, what would we do differently? -Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
    Hsieh explains, “This is a thought experiment to see how you would reconfigure the business if you had different resources available or knew that different resources would one day become available. Another question might be, what if storage was free? Or what if labor costs half as much or twice as much?”
  4. What is it like to work for me? -Robert Sutton, author and management professor at Stanford
  5. If we weren’t already in this business, would we enter it today? And if not, what are we going to do about it? -Peter Drucker, management expert and author 
    The late Drucker posed a variation on this question to Jack Welch in the 1980s. It inspired General Electric’s “fix, sell, or close” strategy for exiting or restructuring unprofitable businesses.
  6. What trophy do we want on our mantle? - Marcy Massura, a digital marketer and brand strategist at MSL Group 
    Massura explains, “Not every business determines success the same way. Is growth most important to you? Profitability? Stability?”
  7. Do we have bad profits? -Jonathan L. Byrnes, author and senior lecturer at MIT 
    Byrnes explains, “Some investments look attractive, but they also take the company’s capital and focus away from its main line of business.”
  8. What counts that we are not counting? -Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and head of global hospitality for Airbnb 
    Conley explains, “In any business, we measure cash flow, profitability, and a few other key metrics. But what are the tangible and intangible assets that we have no means of measuring, but that truly differentiate our business? These may be things like the company’s reputation, employee engagement, and the brand’s emotional resonance with people inside and outside the business.”
  9.  In the past few months, what is the smallest change we have made that has had the biggest positive result? What was it about that small change that produced the large return? -Robert Cialdini, author and professor emeritus of marketing and psychology at Arizona State University
  10. Are we paying enough attention to the partners our company depends on to succeed? -Ron Adner, author and professor at Tuck School of Business 
    Adner explains, “Even companies that execute well themselves are vulnerable to the missteps of suppliers, distributors, and others.”

Monday Morning Mojo: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Have you ever noticed when some people try and make a change in any area of their F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance) whether it be their business, their health, their relationships, you name it, they think the way to make it happen is just simply spending more time working on “it”.  Not just a little more, but piling it on.  They actually think running around like a chicken with your head cut off is actually going to accomplish something.  Yeah right! I’m not going to say we may not need to work harder and be more disciplined, but I think it’s more about working on our priorities and our efficiency as opposed to working on the volume and amount of time.

Don’t do more…do different…do important.  Well, maybe some of us need to do more. I see a lot of people who “show up” but are not engaged in what they are doing.  You know what I am talking about, the ones who stand around the water cooler all day criticizing everyone like they are the authority instead of looking in the mirror. They show up in body, but not in mind and action.  It’s like their whole life is spent on the practice range but they never tee it up on the first tee.  You have to GO FOR “IT” or “IT” won’t happen. Don’t mistake showing up for work, for working – a lot of people show up, but don’t do anything towards accomplishing their goals and become successful.  This is a great question to consider: Using work as an example – if you owned your company, would you pay yourself what you want to make for what you do every day?  Be honest.

If what you’re doing now is not getting you what you want, doing more of what you are currently doing is probably not going to get you what you want. It’s just going to make you more frustrated. You have to do different – or in some cases you just have to do something. It’s about simplifying, being consistent and actually doing it – not just thinking about it and planning on how to do it, but actually DOING IT. Create rituals and systems that are easily duplicated for the long haul.  Because it is the accumulation effect of the small things over a long period of time which are going to make the biggest impact and are going to be something you will be able to maintain for a long period of time.

CLICK HERE to check out a great video from the Stanford Graduate Business School on Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  Check it out…it is pretty interesting.

Essentialism

Success is about doing more of what you need to do, not more of what you want to do.

Make it a great week!


Weekend Wellness: The Benefits of COQ10

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Recently, while with a group of clients, the subject of COQ10 came up.  Many have never heard of its benefits…or even what it is.  I thought I’d put together a “summary” so now you’d be “in the know” with such an important supplement!  Of course…if you think this is something to add to your bag of goodies, check with your doctor, especially if you are on any medications.

The body produces coenzyme Q10 naturally. It is a necessary compound for all cells. As the body ages, levels of CoQ10 decrease. Patients with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer have low levels of the essential compound. Supplementation with CoQ10 eliminates the deficiency and may help to treat these medical conditions, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Chronic Fatigue

Users can take coenzyme Q10 as an energy booster, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The use of CoQ10 supplements may also relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, but more research is needed to confirm the effect on the condition, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Antioxidant

CoQ10 works in the body as an antioxidant, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Antioxidants attack free radicals in the body that destroy cells. Free radicals occur naturally in the body as it ages, but they are also caused by pollution, UV light and smoking. Antioxidants may help to reduce the damage caused by free radicals.

Heart Disease

The effect of CoQ10 on heart disease may be the result of its antioxidant effect and the improvement in energy in the cells, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Patients who experience heart failure have low levels of the compound and may benefit from supplementation. There is more research needed on the effect of CoQ10 on heart disease and heart failure to determine if it will be helpful to patients, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Cholesterol

Coenzyme Q10 may be used with statin drugs to lower blood cholesterol levels. The supplement may help to prevent coenzyme Q10 deficiency in patients who are taking statin drugs. There has not been sufficient research in the use of CoQ10 in patients with high cholesterol alone, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Blood Pressure

CoQ10 does appear to lower blood pressure in patients. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency is found in patients with high blood pressure, but it is not known if the low levels of the compound are responsible for the condition, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Stomach Upset

The only known side effect of CoQ10 supplementation is an upset stomach in some patients, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Drug Interactions

CoQ10 supplements can interact with other drugs taken for medical conditions such as blood thinning medications, blood pressure medication and some cancer fighting medications. Patients should consult with their doctor before using CoQ10, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Cool Apps: Control Electronics From Anywhere

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Ahhh, you forgot to turn on the porch light before you left for the evening.  Now it’s getting later and later and you’re not sure what time you’ll actually be home.  With your house looking empty, your mind starts to wander with scenarios of mysterious men in all black approaching your house, checking out the perimeter and maybe trying a few doorknobs to break in.  Then you remember, “Didn’t I set up a WeMo switch for that porch light?”  You pull out your phone and with the click of a button, your porch light goes on and the mysterious men in your mind scatter.  Your home is a little safer and your mind is put to rest.

wemo-pluginThat’s the power of WeMo, a product that allows you to control your home electronics from anywhere with your mobile device. If you can plug it in, you can control it with WeMo.  That means, lamps, TVs, small appliances, pretty much anything.

The device operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet so you’re sure to always have access to your electronics.  To use WeMo, all you have to do is plug the WeMo Switch ($49.99) into any regular 120v wall outlet and the item you would like to control into the WeMo Switch.  Download the free WeMo app and tada! You have control of that item anywhere your phone is.

The best part is this little device does so much more than just turn on and off electronics.  You can also trigger items with motion or put them on a schedule.  Set up multiple switches prior to leaving for vacation and stop worry about your house the whole time you’re gone.  If you’re concerned about the status of your electronics, just check the app on your phone.  WeMo is a piece of cake that gives you peace of mind. Definitely a must have for any new home owner.

Check out the below video to see exactly how this great little piece of technology works:

WeMo Video

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