Monday Morning Mojo: It’s Important

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One of the things I really focus on doing is making a conscious decision every day to spend my time doing the important and not the urgent. Most people spend the majority of their lives running around like a chicken with their head cut off jumping from one thing to another dealing with all of the urgent crap in life. But you know what? The urgent stuff is typically nothing more than the important stuff we procrastinated on doing and now if it doesn’t get done something is going to blow up! Guess what – it’s urgent.

It’s important that we exercise and eat right every day. If we don’t, when we get 50 to 100 pounds overweight, and our blood pressure and cholesterol are through the roof, it will be urgent that we take care of ourselves so we don’t keel over and have a heart attack, or worse.

It is important that we spend quality time with our family, every day. If we don’t, it will become urgent one day when we come home and they are gone.

It is important to constantly be embracing change and innovation. If not, one day we will wake up and the world will have past us by and we will be frantically trying to catch up. Change and innovation will become urgent.

I know the urgent will always pull at us, but the key is to have the discipline to stick to doing the important and we will be successful at whatever we do. It’s Important, not Urgent.

Make it a GREAT week!


Weekend Wellness: Epsom Salt

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Recently, I have fallen in love with Epsom salt…do you know what it is? I found some great articles which I compiled together below. Read through this and it might help break down a little more information for you….and you just might fall in love with it too!

When I exercise a lot, I soak in a bath of Epsom salts every day and it helps enormously. It will also help (at least in my experience) any inflammation and/or bruising.

What I didn’t know until I did a little research is that Epsom salt also has great benefits with gardening and cleaning! Read on and check it out if interested!

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. The Magnesium can help with regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

What are the health benefits of using Epsom salt?

Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. One of the simplest ways to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom salt.

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.

Relieves pain and muscle cramps
An Epsom salt bath (you can use a foot bath too) is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort. Try soaking your aching, tired (and smelly) feet in a tub of water with half a cup of Epsom Salt. It will soften skin and even neutralize foot odor.

Helps muscles and nerves function properly
Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.

Makes insulin more effective
Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
Eliminates toxins from the body
The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

For a foot bath, add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. If you like, rub away any calluses using a pumice stone. Dry feet, then add two drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite natural moisturizer, like shea or coconut butter, and rub in thoroughly to lock in the moisture. If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
EPSOM SALT USES: HEALTH
Athlete’s Foot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.

Remove splinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.

Treat toenail fungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.

Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.

Ease discomfort of Gout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
EPSOM SALT USES: BEAUTY
Exfoliate dead skin – In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.

Exfoliating face cleanser – To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Dislodge blackheads – Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.

Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.

Remove hairspray – Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.

Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
EPSOM SALT USES: HOUSEHOLD
Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.

Prevent slugs – Sprinkle Epsom salt on or near interior entry points to prevent slugs.

As a hand wash – Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.

Clean detergent build-up on washing machines – Fill the machine tub with hot water, add Epsom salt, and run an agitate/soak/agitate cycle to dissolve detergent build-up (please consult your machine’s instruction manual for specific instructions).
EPSOM SALT USES: GARDENING
Fertilize your houseplants – Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.

Keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn to keep the grass healthy and green.

Insecticide spray – Use Epson salts on your lawn and in your garden to safely and naturally get rid of plant pests.


Intero Cool Apps: Destroy Vertical Video Syndrome For Good!

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How many times have you recorded something on your phone vertically, that is, without turning it so it’s horizontal like a TV screen?

I know, we’re use to using our phones up and down for normal phone activities, but when it comes to filming or snapping photos we forget that the function of the phone has totally changed. Videos should be sideways like a screen. You can fit more into the photo when they’re taken horizontally. It’s hard to remember to turn your phone and that’s why I’m showing you today’s very cool app.

Horizon AppHorizon lets you record horizontal videos and photos no matter how you hold your device. It can be vertical, it can be sideways, it can be at an angle. No matter what, the app will automatically stay level so you can focus on what’s happening through the lens: your kid’s first bike ride or your wife’s reaction as she walks into a surprise birthday party.

It’s pretty awesome so you have to check it out. The app does cost $1.99 but believe me, it’s $1.99 well spent.

See how easy it is to use in the video below.

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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Winning

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“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.?”
- Jack Welch

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I’ve been listening to a great interview that Darren Hardy of SUCCESS magazine did with Jack Welch earlier this year. The interview has encouraged me to re-listen to Welch’s book, Winning, which came out in 2005.

Once again, I came to realize how much this book is definitely not your typical management book. It was built from information Welch gained from doing 150 sessions across the globe after he retired. In the sessions he allowed the attendees to ask any questions they wanted. All of the questions in one way or another, were about Winning. This content is what helped him to shape this book.

The book itself is full of Welch’s actual experiences from his forty years climbing the ranks and becoming chairman and CEO of GE. It’s written clearly and simply for optimal retention and it’s definitely not full of just the same old stuff. Welch’s optimistic, get-it-done mind-set keeps you engaged as he offers deep insights, original thinking and solutions to typical problems that you might run into in the work place.

One of the sections that is most notable is the chapter on Leadership. He lays out 8 rules that always work.

  1. Relentlessly upgrade your team. In every encounter with them, “evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.”
  2. Instill the vision.
  3. Spread energy and optimism.
  4. Establish trust by being candid, transparent and giving credit where it’s due.
  5. Make the unpopular decisions.
  6. Probe and push. Make sure your “questions are answered with action.”
  7. Inspire risk-taking and learning by doing both yourself.
  8. Celebrate.

 

Overall, the book is a great read that anyone will find insightful no matter where you are in your career.


Monday Morning Mojo: Decisive

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Hmmm…should I do it or shouldn’t I?

I’m going to wait and think about it for a while before I make my decision…I need to get more information.

I will get back to you on it.

I will do it tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.

Yeah right…sure you will. Just like the 2,000 emails in your inbox you are going to reply to…right? Does this sound familiar? Does it sound like you?

Well, this is how most people make decisions. They don’t make them at all because they are risk averse. Afraid of making the wrong decision, afraid of change. They just wait and wait and wait and never actually decide to do anything. That is why they continue to get what they have always gotten in life and don’t get what it is they really want.

Not being decisive and making quick decisions is one of the biggest success killers in life and business because one of the most important components to getting what you want is making a lot of decisions quickly with very little information. It’s about going with your instinct. Successful people understand that to get what you want you must operate with a strong sense of urgency. Because to get what you want, especially in this day and age, you must accelerate in all aspects of your life, even if it means living with a few more ragged edges.

You have to be 100% focused on action.

Successful people don’t get bogged down in endless preparation and evaluation trying to get things perfect before making a decision. Of course making smart decisions and high quality is crucial, but it must come quickly. You can’t sacrifice speed. Learn to fail fast, fix it, and race on. This is how you create radical breakthroughs.

Not only does being decisive get you in action toward accomplishing your goals, but it gets it out of your head. Think how many unmade decisions you have floating around in your head right now that are taking up space and your time. Instead of making a decision and then actually doing something productive to accomplish your goals, you are debating all of those unmade decisions in your head all of the time whether you know it or not. Unmade decisions are the parking brake of life, let it go!

Imagine how much more productive and happy you would be if you would just make the commitment to be decisive and not waffle ever again.

Freedom.

Here is a great piece of advice someone gave me several years ago. Don’t go with your head and don’t go with your heart because more times than not they are in conflict with one another and you will never be able to make the decision. Go with your gut. Don’t over think it because your first instinct is almost always right. If it feels right just do it, and do it with focus and intensity. What does your gut tell you to do about each of those unmade decisions floating around in your head right now? Quit procrastinating. Just do it.

And yes if you think I am writing this to you, I am.

Make is a powerful week!!!!!


Weekend Wellness: Wind

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As I was driving into work the other day, the wind had the flags flying at full extension. The trees were leaning a few degrees and there were leaves scattered everywhere.

As an outdoor enthusiast, wind is one element I have a hard time with. I’d rather hike, run, cycle, even water ski in the rain vs. the wind.

As I was noticing the wind, I recalled how many times I’ve been on my bike in some pretty serious weather finding these to be my most challenging rides. However, when you are on a bike, or out for a run and the wind kicks up, you have no choice other than persevering and finishing. You won’t change the wind, you can’t change that you are out in the elements and you certainly can’t quit (especially if you have no one to pick you up!) Part of the mistake is not looking at the weather report earlier and seeing what the wind conditions are…this could have avoided a lot of issues!

Cyclist

So in the moment…you accept it. That’s what you do, you recognize that you are in a tough moment, accept it safely and prevail. You put one leg in front of the other and eventually you get to your destination. One can also get strategic and head towards the hills to get out of the head wind. The key is “what can I do to reduce the pain as much as possible and make the event more enjoyable”?

I then thought about some of my clients who step on the scale or try on a pair of pants in the morning and they’ve gained a pound or their pants are tight. They let it ruin their whole day. They probably made some questionable choices the day or two before and are now feeling the results.

I have been there, I understand this thought process…but does it change the reality? No! They failed to look at the wind report, so to speak. Accept the reality and decide what can be done moving forward in a safe and healthy way so that the day is more enjoyable!

We fight things (I do too) that we can’t change. We resist the force of nature instead of seeing the realness of what we are in (or might have avoided). And you know what…all this does is cause us pain.

Next time you are going out in your “wind”, find a way to accept it, pedal on and find a way to detour a little so it don’t ruin your day; instead learn from it and look towards your destination.


Cool Apps: Canva: It Was Made For Real Estate

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This past May I introduced you to Canva, the pretty awesome site that gives you the tools to design beautiful eye catching web posts for facebook, pinterest, blogs, twitter and more.

I’m bringing it back today because the site just released a great blog on how to use their pieces specifically for Real Estate. That’s right, this site was made just for you!

You have to check it out as they have some great suggestions on what to post, how to connect with your audience and make it worth your while.

Top Ways Real Estate Agents_Canva

Read the Blog HERE

 


Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Jack Welch

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This week during my morning workouts, I’ve been listening to a great interview that Darren Hardy of SUCCESS Magazine did with Jack Welch earlier this year. It was featured in the magazine’s Change Maker issue that came out last month. I have always had a special place in my heart for Jack Welch because his first job at GE in 1960, was as a junior engineer in my hometown of Pittsfield, Mass., making $10,500 a year.

As Hardy says, Mr. Welch “isn’t a change maker because he took General Electric’s revenue from 25 billion to 130 billion, grew it’s income 10 fold and its market capitalization 30 fold under his 21 year leadership. He’s a change maker for how he’s done it.” He’s reinvented what the standard is for business everywhere. Even as a retired man, he still focuses on how he can change things through his various outlets.

In this particular interview, Welch outlines some of the tactics he’s developed throughout his career and features in his book, Winning (I’ll share more about that book next week). He also gives some great suggestions in finding success by looking outside the business for ideas, showing respect and caring for your people, and understanding that everyone is a mentor. All of these suggestions are great to keep in mind no matter what stage of business you’re at.

The part of this interview I love the most is where he talks about managers giving their team credit for their ideas. Jack says “managers grow from the reflective glory of what their people do. They will have no problem building great teams, hiring great people and the results will speak for themselves.”

There really is some great insight throughout the interview. If you’re interested in hearing the whole thing, you can subscribe to SUCCESS magazine HERE. You can also read the article that was included in last month’s issue to learn more about Jack Welch HERE. You’ll definitely walk away enriched.

 


Monday Morning Mojo: Watch The Ball

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Whenever I’m practicing baseball with my son, Nick, I always remind him to keep his eye on the ball. Of course, like any kid, he rolls his eyes and says “I know dad”…but he forgets unless I remind him, because I see it.

It’s the same in every sport… baseball, football, golf, tennis, soccer, etc…watching the ball is the key to success. If you take your eye off the ball in almost any sport you are doomed. I know it sounds so easy but we need to do it over and over again for days, weeks, months, throughout our career or we will overlook doing that one simple little thing in the most critical moment that will determine winning or losing…making the team or getting cut. You have to practice until it’s just instinctive and then you need to keep practicing it so you don’t lose the instinct. If you ever watch sports on TV and you see some world class athlete make an amazing play many times, you will hear the announcer say he/she never took their eye off the ball…its why they made the spectacular play. Hitting, kicking or catching the ball is the goal of an athlete.

So what does watching a ball have to do with us being successful in life/business? To accomplish our goals in life, business, or anyone of the areas of our F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance) we have to do exactly the same thing an athlete does. Our goal may not be fielding, catching or hitting a ball, but whatever our goal is we need to keep our eye on it all of the time. We need to be constantly focused on it and have rituals we do daily, weekly, monthly, annually that help us to keep our eye on the ball (the goal). It’s not just an every now and then thing…it’s something we need to be doing all of the time. Because if we don’t, just like my son who plays baseball, you are going to whiff it and strike out.

Spend time daily reviewing you goals…make it a ritual. If you do, your chances of turning those goals into accomplishments increases exponentially. Now if you don’t have specific goals for your life, business, etc. take the time to create them. It is amazing to me how most people don’t really have any specific goals around what they want to accomplish…most just want things to get better but don’t really know what that means. Get specific…think about each one of the areas of your F5 and then write down one or two things in each one of those areas you want to accomplish and put a date on when to have it happen. Then review them daily, think about them constantly, share them with your family, share with your friends, make them the screen saver on your computer, put them on a sticky note that is on the mirror in your bathroom, etc. Do it and you will be amazed with what will happen. You will knock it out of the park!


Weekend Wellness: A New Body

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When I was younger, I was much heavier and fairly sedentary. It took a long time to discover how much I love activity and it took even longer to get healthier and love nutritious foods. I look at this as a blessing. As I got healthier, I became more and more connected to what my body was able to be and do. That was new, fresh and exciting. Then about 3 1/2 years ago I broke my leg and needed to have surgery with some pretty titanium bling put in. As I was rehabilitating, I started to explore my body again with a new perspective. I became interested in what my “new” body was going to be able to do. Initially I wanted to just be back to where I was pre injury, but as I healed, I realized I had a different body! Not one better or worse, just different. That allowed my focus to be about my healing and what I was capable of vs. what I wasn’t capable of.  It was (oddly) exciting to test out my body’s abilities over the next several weeks/months even though a lot of the rehab was painful and I even had to learn how to walk again.

Here we are nearly 4 years later and I had another accident. This one was on the bike. Fortunately I don’t need surgery, but I do need to heal. My broken leg was much more debilitating, yet as I’ve been moving through my healing, I’m recalling some of what I experienced before. I’m rediscovering my body and what it can do. 2 1/2 weeks ago I had a lot of bruising, major shoulder pain and was careful with fast movement since I had a concussion. Now I’m about 90% better and healing much faster than expected. Every day I wake up with better movement. My body is different…so each movement I do, I “feel” and get excited when I can do something today that I couldn’t do yesterday. I take my time with movement and pay attention to how amazing our bodies (and minds) are. I’ve pumped my body full of nutrients which help in the process of eliminating inflammation and accelerating mending.

I’m sharing this, because it saddens me that I meet many who only live in what they used to be able to do and I know they can experience such a better way to live.

When their body doesn’t feel the same and say, their knees hurt, that’s the only thing they focus on rather than what the rest of their body is able to do and with proper attention and care, they might eliminate a lot of their pain.

I meet folks who have put on weight and focus with frustration on how their body felt 15 years ago vs the potential it has once they begin to take the weight off again. Each day!

I meet collegiate athletes who live in the hay day of fitness from decades ago and forget that their bodies are still able to do so much…just different abilities. Some in which they might enjoy more.

These people I mention are wonderful, but they get in their own way. They (WE) all forget that every day we have a new body. We have new cells, new tissue and if we choose, a new attitude! We have the power through lifestyle changes to actually make a younger body. We can get connected to how we feel in movement and forget about what “used” to be and begin with what we can control in our healing or as I like to call it “living”. Whether the healing/living is weight loss, weight/muscle gain, learning to ride a bike (carefully), yoga, walking or any sport, we can embrace the fact that we can create a better mobility and functional body and mind; even if it’s one tiny step at a time.

Think about all the movements you do in just one day and what you take for granted. Think about how precious each movement is and love what you already can do and what you might be able to accomplish if you take the time to explore your fresh, new body each day.

To me, that’s exciting. I love that as each year passes, I am still interested in what’s possible. You can too…live in the present, feel your new body and move whatever you have!