Ziglar: 3 Things to Do When You Make a MistakeWhen you mess up, how do you react?
September 29, 2015
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had as much foresight as hindsight, if we were able to avoid ever making a mistake?
Not only is that unrealistic, it's unwise… Out of mistakes come major accomplishments—because mistakes are often the springboard for success.
Once, Thomas Edison was working with a lab assistant who was coming up dry after more than 700 experiments. In discouragement, he told Edison that after all these mistakes, errors and false starts, he simply did not believe the project was valid.
Edison quickly told him that he was not wasting his time, that he now knew more about the project than anybody alive—that he had not made "mistakes" but had acquired an "education" as to what would not work. And so the assistant went back to his project with renewed vigor.
It's safe to say that if each of us took that approach to life, we would end up accomplishing much, much more. After every mistake, we need to understand that we can look back and learn so that we can move forward with confidence and avoid making the same mistake again.
Here are three tips on how best to handle a mistake:
1. See the mistake as a step on the road to a solution.
Don't let mistakes depress or discourage you. We must realize that depression and discouragement are negatives that limit the future.
2. Admit the mistake.
I'll admit that takes courage, but recognition of errors is a sign of maturity. Not to recognize them is to deny them. The reality is that "denial" is more than just a river in Egypt—it's something that will limit your future.
3. Know that it’s only when you ignore the mistake that it is negative.
When we confront mistakes, we are taking full advantage of it as the "positive" they are.
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7 Secrets to Sticking With Exercise
By August McLaughlin
Staying fit is a super power, wellness-wise. Exercise can improve your energy levels, sleep quality, body composition, and overall health. While these perks are great, hectic lives can make sticking with an exercise program tricky. Simple shifts in your behaviors can help minimize these barriers, making reaching and maintaining your fitness goals almost as easy as pushing play.
Set reasonable goals. Start with activities that seem attainable and reasonably challenging, then set a goal to engage in that activity at least a few times per week. Most wellness perks, according to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, kick in if you do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderately-intense exercise per week. That’s just over 21 minutes a day.
Schedule it. Prioritize workouts in your calendar like anything else. Schedule routine sessions at times that make the most sense within your lifestyle. Many people find it’s easier to stick to an exercise routine in the morning while others find they have more energy in the afternoons. But neither is ideal if the time isn’t convenient for you. Experiment with various options until you find one that works.
Get the gear. Ideally, your workouts won’t require a lot of equipment. Regardless, stock up on whatever you need to get started and choose quality gear, especially when it comes to particularly important items, such as athletic shoes. Wearing colors and textures you enjoy may also help keep you motivated to suit up and head out.
Plan ahead. Prepare your gear ahead of time to prevent skipping workouts. If you schedule your workouts for the morning, set your fitness attire out the night before. If you plan to exercise on your way home from work, pack a workout bag in advance and bring it with you.
Buddy up. Most everything is more fun with friends. Use the buddy system for increased workout accountability and enjoyment. If showing up or making time to exercise is your biggest challenge, having someone to be accountable to could be all you need.
Sleep and rest well. Quality sleep makes for effective exercise, and helps ensure that you have the mental gusto to show up. Cultivate a healthy sleep schedule, and stick to to routine sleep and waking times as often as you can.
Cut yourself some slack. Aiming for perfection can work against you. If you miss a workout, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, consider it a rest day and get back on it the next day. If you find yourself unable to stick to your goals, reassess. It’s better to work out at a lower intensity or for less time for a while than not at all. If you’re still struggling, seek guidance from a qualified sports trainer or one of the Beachbody experts. Doing so doesn’t show weakness, but strength.
More often than not I hear from people asking how to find balance in all areas of their life; eating well, exercising, kids, work, family, social life, etc. It's easy for most to focus on one area of life and do well, but finding balance in all areas can be tricky.
At it's core, balance is as simple as this: if you find yourself focusing too hard on one area of your life, i.e.: exercise, take a step back, re-evaluate and see where you can spend some time focusing on another area instead. This doesn't mean giving up exercising, hell no! It just means you reassemble your time wisely, so that you can do other things you love. Is your job not fulfilling your "daily purpose" requirements? Re-evaluate, and see where you can spend time enjoying a hobby that will feed your soul.
Look, life is all about staying true to your purpose (Law 2), and anything that drags you down will not help you feel balanced, or support you in living out that purpose. Consistency and variety will always be part of keeping things in balance, always.
For example, a good workout should be an intense experience for some, but there needs to also be an aspect of fun to it. A solid relationship should support you in feeling safe and secure, but you need to stay on your toes and still show up, or else things could fall apart. It's always important to be aware and conscious of what's happening in the world around you, and especially the world inside of you. Are you making good decisions for yourself? Are you engaging in activities that feel good, or are you working all the time and then chauffeuring the kids all around town without ever thinking twice about what you need?
Balance comes when you learn to take good care of yourself in all areas. This doesn't mean that you need to spend 3 hours every day exercising, meditating or cooking good food. What it does mean is that spending 5 minutes or 5 hours on something you love that feeds your soul will provide more balance in your life than putting all your eggs in one basket. You feel me?
I’m a huge fan of the word YES, but also, practicing the word NO will benefit you in feeling more balanced in your life. Know when to speak up for yourself and do what feels good for you. Don’t always do what others expect you to do, or make a decision because you don't want to let someone down, even though it make you feel bad.
The goal of balance is this; take advantage of opportunities for growth, know your abilities and your limits, protect yourself from harm and don't get in your own way.
Now go get on a slack line and see what balance really feels like.
Until next time.....
Are You Suffering From Nutritional Stress
Do you feel more lethargic than usual (sleepy, groggy, or dizzy)? Do you feel like you are sick more often than you used to be? You may be suffering unnecessarily. Here at SuperLife, I am dedicated to bringing you the highest quality information on health and wellness to help you achieve your own SuperLife.
Today, I want to discuss nutritional stress as it relates to you. With heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity on the rise, we are in dire need to readdress the conventions of what defines the standard American diet. In the United States, our diet has grown to be largely composed of nutrient-deficient, over-processed, and genetically modified (GM) food. More and more scientific studies are starting to show the harmful, long-term impact that over processed and over manipulated food is having on our bodies.
Fake sugars and stripped white flours in our food, for example, as well as environmental toxins in our water and homes are contributing to the breakdown and accelerated aging of our population by essentially ‘damaging our chromosomes.” Our chromosomes are responsible for passing on and replicating our DNA from cell to cell. When these are damaged or inhibited, we age. [For more in-depth conversation on this subject, read about it in my upcoming book SuperLife: The Five Forces that will make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome]. Add in the over-dose of xenobiotics (foreign, man-made, unnatural chemicals) and synthetic flavors, colors, preservatives, pesticides, and herbicides in our food and we have a large dosage of food staples that are both highly toxic and unusable by the body’s natural processes. The result is nutritional stress on your body, which I would like more than anything to help alleviate from your life. The first step to countering nutritional stress is educating yourself. So, today I want to share a few delightful morsels regarding a special superfood that, in its purest form, is both incredibly healthy for you. It is also a delicacy celebrated in cultures worldwide. Not to mention just about everyone loves it (unless they have an allergy).
CACAO POWDER. I have traveled extensively in the study of this fascinating plant through various agricultural establishments across Peru, Mexico, Tanzania, Uganda, Philippines, Indonesia, and Brazil. For a mental picture, the cacao bean is the seed of the cacao fruit. To access the seed, there is first a hard outer covering. Cracking the covering open exposes a honeycomb-like structure made of the seeds covered in a white sweet pulp. To be made edible, it must be fermented. It is these fermented beans that are the main components of chocolate (however, not necessarily the chocolate we know today with the sad additions of refined sugars, binders, stabilizers, and colorings. Over-processed “chocolate” will not give you the rich health benefits of true cacao). Here are three fascinating ways adding organic cacao in your diet can have a potent, positive effect:
By Darin Olien
Can you believe I still have not visited Machu Pichu, even though I have visited Peru more than a dozen times? Despite multiple visits to South America, I haven’t visited the Manaus Opera house (similar to the Sydney Opera house in Australia) either. So why bother traveling if I’m not seeing such incredible sights? Well, I am looking for the bounties of nature not represented in man-made architecture, cool and amazing as they are. I see myself more as an etnocryptobotanist superfood hunter (try to put that one in your scrabble board). Translation? I seek plants revered for their medicinal and nutritious benefits that have been forgotten or are yet to be discovered by Westerners. Only 5-15% of the 250,000 to 750,000 known (emphasis on known, how many more are out there that we still don’t know) plants have been systematically screened for bioactive compounds.
Think of the possibilities!
A great holistic nutritionist once said, “We have discovered vitamin A, B, C, D etc. and eventually down the road we will discover vitamin J, L, X, W, Z.” These crypto-nutrients are what drives me to get out of my comfortable Malibu life and continuously go back into the field and look at what most people consider uninteresting and unimportant plants. Some may call them “weeds,” but do you know what I see? I see a biological complex living lab working away at creating thousands upon thousands of chemical compounds. (10) When I see these plants, fruits, nuts, and seeds I think to myself, “We can conduct hundreds of clinical tests to screen for nutrients and bioactive compounds, yet we don’t even know 5% of what is really going on inside this plant, and even less of what goes on when we eat it.” But I can’t wait to find out.
The plant world has evolved, complex systems of biochemistry. Here’s proof. The human genome project ran a test to see how many genes the average human contains. They were expecting more than 100,000 or more. After all we are the most advanced, complex, top-of-the-food-chain creatures on earth, so it only makes sense we have hundreds of thousands of genes right? Wrong.
It turns out we only carry roughly 24,000,(2) while the humble rice grain carries around 55,000 and 27,000 of them have yet to be deciphered.(1)
A lowly grain of rice is genetically more abundant and possibly complex than a human being? Talk about a humbling experience.
So what are all those extra thousands of genes doing? Well most probably depending on different situations adapting, evolving, and just going about what genes do. While we now have evolved to using iPhones and flat screen TVs, cars, and houses, in the same way, plants also have biochemistry that evolves and they know how to use it very, very well. What this means is over thousands of years plants have developed means to use biological chemicals to their advantage, creating pigmentations, physical appearances, toxins, nutrients, aromas and so forth.
Even the most basic and common of world foods such as a grain of rice is still a mystery on a genetic-biochemical level.
What about those foods that have been revered and praised for their medicinal and nutritional value? The ones I call superfoods, we know even less about them.
From the late 1800’s onward we dedicated ourselves to deciphering what are the molecules and compounds in foods that benefit us or harm us. Protein was studied starting in the 1830s, vitamin C in the 1930s (though it had been correlated to curing scurvy since the 1800s) and so forth. They started discovering so many vitamin Bs that eventually they just started to number them. We are still in the process of better understanding and discovering new nutrients and non-nutrients and new vitamins that still benefit us when we consume them.
Michael Pollan stated, “There is no placebo broccoli,” so we can’t really monitor how food in its myriad of variety and combinations works within us. Science still can’t unveil the exact reasons why certain foods will create positive healing and effects in our bodies. Depending on the food, is it the fiber, the antioxidants, or the omega-3? Is it the beta carotene, the vitamins, minerals, or a combination? If so what combinations and why? I think we should expect to be blown away the more we understand.
The Short Version :
Today we know 5% of the plant in this planet, 95% we are still in the dark. Foods we have known for decades, we are beginning to get our mind around how they influence in a positive way our health. Just think about how much there is to still discover and learn? New vitamins and nutrients await! I am not going to sit back and wait for someone else to do it; I am grabbing my backpack, my Shakeology, a couple bags of nuts and seeds, my plane ticket, and all my curiosity to find out.
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2. How many genes do you have?
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The King of Alkalization: Dark, Leafy Greens
When we think of health, we think green. When we think of nature, we think green. Green is a color associated with the good aspects of life, yet when it comes to dietary choices we generally have a certain reluctance towards this food group.
I’ve even heard people say, “They taste too healthy.” Of course this is the case! Our taste buds have been conditioned with the intensity of artificial flavors and sugars. We’re under the influence of carefully crafted addictive flavors from food manufacturers.
“We’re being manipulated by food engineers who have figured out how to tap into our brains. But if we can kick our addiction to junk food, we become better able to distinguish the fake stuff from the real, and that chemical aroma will lose its power to hook us (SuperLife, pg. 22).
There is a social stigma as well. I often hear people call greens “hippie food” or “rabbit food” — and I’m sure you have your own names to add to this list. It gets even more interesting because innately we know consuming greens is one of the best things we can do for our wellbeing, yet if possible we would skip the greens — and, let’s face it, most people do.
While spending time in the Mediterranean I was invited to go harvest food for lunch. I was expecting a trip to the nearby garden for local staples such as tomatoes, eggplant, or bell peppers. Little did I expect to be standing in what looked like a bare field with no visible crops. I turned around and found my host picking wild greens. “These are the real secret of our diet,” he told me. Yes, wild greens. We are lead to believe it’s the wine, the olives, the tomatoes and so on that constitutes the Mediterranean diet of longevity and o
I was re-educated on the subject what the diet includes by the locals themselves — not the ones promoting the diet or writing books about it — but those who are actually living it as their forefathers have for generations.
Interestingly I can pinpoint similar situations in my travels across the globe where greens were presented as a cultural “secret” to health. In Mexico, walking down a Mayan market we found a wide variety of quelites, an umbrella term used to describe any edible green — usually wild — with “weedy” characteristics. As we interviewed the lady selling them, she somberly discussed how regardless of the tradition of eating them, the abundance, and the cheap cost, most people were avoiding them nowadays. Holding the greens, she looked at us and said, “Esta es la pura medicina” (This is the pure medicine). Her quiet words carried the full force of truth.
You don’t need to travel to a Mayan market to grasp that greens are “pure medicine” for your body. As I’ve continued to travel the world, dark leafy greens have come up again and again. I consider them a “superfood” that you should strive to frequently include in your diet! Remember, a superfood is something that is more nutrient dense calorie for calorie than another “regular” food and greens definitely fit that description!
Plus, greens supports four out of the five life forces (nutrition, oxygenation, alkalization, and detoxification). Here are some amazing reasons why eating greens absolutely rocks for your health:
1. DARK, LEAFY GREENS GIVE YOUR BODY FOLATEThe word folate describing the B vitamin originates from the Latin root word folium, which means leaf. Fact: our bodies have to get it from food. Where do you think you find it in abundance? Dark green leafy vegetables. The function associated with folate is varied and works in conjunction with other nutrients. Folate deficiency is common (no surprise, we don’t eat a lot of greens!) and leads to a host of health problems you don’t want including digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and most famously perhaps, birth defects. Folate is also crucial in epigenetics (external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off without changing the DNA sequence) through a process known as methylation where folate acts as a methyl donor promoting cellular differentiation. Folate is also essential for DNA and RNA synthesis, amino acid production, and cell division. In short, you really, really need it.
2. DARK, LEAFY GREENS BURN FATGreens are recommended as a weight-loss food. You might think this is because greens are low calorie. But there’s more to it than that! Yes, greens are low caloric while still being packed with nutrients and other active compounds, however, greens’ effect on weight loss goes beyond just calories. Greens contain nitrites, which have been associated in browning fat cells, meaning converting fat-storing white cells into fat-burning brown cells. This creates extra fat burning and ultimately, weight loss.
3. DARK, LEAFY GREENS ARE ANTI-AGINGA study carried out at Rush University medical center reported a significant decrease in the amount of cognitive decline for those participants consuming higher amounts of dark green leafy vegetables. The researchers associated the high vitamin K, folate, beta-carotene and lutein present in these greens as influencing this anti-aging effect. Green’s antioxidants, brain protection, cellular support, anti-inflammatory benefits, and essential fatty acid nutritional contribution (in particular, the much-appreciated ALA omega-3 fatty acid) all contribute to anti-aging as well.
4. DARK, LEAFY GREENS HELP YOUR HEARTCardiovascular health is positively influenced multiple ways when making greens a continuous part of your food choices. First, greens regulate the production on a hormone known as erythropoietin, which decreases blood viscosity. This potentially reduces blood clots and heart attacks. Greens’ dietary fiber helps regulate cholesterol and trygliceride levels in a positive way making sure they don’t cause any unnecessary trouble. Nitric oxide — our internal blood pressure regulator — is positively influenced through the consumption of greens. High homocysteine has been linked with cardio vascular diseases, but greens provide substrates that convert homocysteine into harmless amino acids.
5. DARK, LEAFY GREENS FEED YOUR TELOMERESTelomere length reflects biological aging. I write about telemeres (the little tails on our DNA chromosome) in SuperLife (page 10) and you’re going to hear A LOT more about them in the media soon (it will be a new buzzword). I’ll be writing more about them as well, because they are a big indicator of our longevity.
What’s a telomere? “Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer,” describes The University of Utah, which has some great visuals and simple explanations of what telomeres are and how they work in your body.
Cell division is necessary for growing new skin, blood, bone, and other cells, and telomeres keep the main part of the chromosome — the part essential for life with your DNA code — from shortening each time a cell divides. The telomere shortens instead. Each time the cell divides, its telomere gets shorter and shorter until it is too short and the cell dies. One way to think of telomeres is like a bomb fuse on your cells. You want that fuse to stay as long as possible! The telomere shortening process is the fuse slowly burning away closer and closer to the bomb, the death of the cell.
To fuel telomeres, we have to eat what our cells eat so they stay healthy. Dark, leafy greens have A LOT of what our cells need! A diet rich in greens is well documented to protect telOmere length and integrity.
6. DARK, LEAFY GREENS FIGHT DIABETESGlucose imbalances, which can lead to complications such as diabetes, can be prevented and regulated by introducing greens into your diet. Magnesium, ALA omega-3 fatty acid, and polyphenols found in greens are considered to be of crucial importance in managing glycemic load and insulin sensitivity (which both need to function properly to keep diabetes at bay). Enhancing insulin secretion and also mimicking insulin function are other integrative mechanisms that greens can contribute to keep diabetes, which is your body’s inability to make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or your body’s inability to respond to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes)), from developing.
7. DARK, LEAFY GREENS FEED YOUR GUTThough it’s complicated to pinpoint exactly what the Paleo, hunter-gatherer, primal, or pre-agricultural diets of our ancestors were composed of (especially since it was highly dependent on where you lived and what you had access too), one thing that is clear — they ate a lot more plants in greater variety and volume than today. Jeff Leach at The Human Food Project considers this to be a critical aspect. Through his work with people following a modern hunter-gatherers’ type diet, he is able to deduce the effect of high-plant-based diets and the resulting effect on the human microbial community even when consuming high volumes of animal products. He believes high fiber content in plants provide substrates for gut microbes to digest and create byproduct that effect various gut metabolic activities including PH balance, gut permeability, immune balance, bowel movements and so forth. Failure to consume high amounts of plants in these diets leads to severe compromise in your gut microbial communities leading to what Dr. Leech calls“a diet that will not be into you.”
8. DARK, LEAFY GREENS PROVIDE SUN PROTECTIONFor all you sun lovers, greens provide UV protection at a cellular level through the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Here are other foods you can add to your diet to “eat your sunscreen.”
9. DARK, LEAFY GREENS PROTECT AGAINST TOXINSAflatoxins are types of toxins produced by fungi, and they are one of the most carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances known. Chlorophyll found in plants and abundant in particular in greens has a neutralizing effect on these ubiuitous toxins; it does this through directly trapping the toxin, rendering it harmless. Find out about other natural toxins that can be in your food in this blog.
10. DARK, LEAFY GREENS BUILD ENZYMESEnzymes are the body’s sparks. They ignite countless chemical reactions. A lack of enzymes keeps us from digesting our food and getting all the nutrients out of them. Raw foods have the most alive, active enzymes. When you are adding fresh, raw salads to your diet, you’re boosting the enzymes your body needs. Greens consumption also increases the activity in your body of a specific family of enzymes known collectively as GSTs. They promote cellular detoxification of toxins such as the already mentioned aflatoxins, but also of xenobiotics, which are foreign substances that can contribute to diseases.
Overall, the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense, and phytochemical-rich characteristic of dark, leafy greens provide our bodies with beneficial effects ranging from the microscopic, molecular level to the telescopic tissue level such as your skin. Greens provide proven health benefits! What else do you need to know to starting including a heaping serving of greens with every meal if possible?
WHAT TO EATI personally love wild greens – the darker and wilder the better – or greens you can grow yourself in a garden or even in containers on your porch. Heading over to your local farmers market and browsing and talking to the farmers is a great way to learn about new greens to try. You can usually try a leaf or two to get a taste of these plants! Yes, greens taste “healthy,” but you’ll find that there is incredible diversity in the actual flavor (arugula is peppery, while radicchio is bitter) and the texture (romaine is crisp, while butter green are “buttery” and smooth) of the different types of greens.
Note: Do not overconsume one particular type of green – this can actually cause unwanted side effects (for example, some greens bind calcium so your body can’t absorb it). You never will have issues if you mix it up! That is why variety is vital! Try arugula, beet leaves (yes, you can eat the tops!), collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens (spicy!), parsley, green and red lettuce varieties, romaine lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, and more!
Eat a wide variety of dark, leafy greens and you’ll reap all the positive health benefits.
So you might not have heard this in a Mayan market – but I hope the truth is just as powerful for you! Make dark, leafy greens a regular part of your diet! Do it! They “taste healthy” because they are!
6 Health and Medicinal Benefits of Raw Organic Honey
By Super Life
Honey is a superfood with strong nutritional and medicinal properties. Cultures across time, let alone the ones I’ve visited on my global travels, value this sweet liquid for a long list of whole-body health benefits (internal and external). For example, in Chinese medicine, bee pollen is used to improve unbalanced nutrition, vitality, longevity, energy, and more. Roman soldiers placed honey on wounds to promote healing. Aristotle advises that honey is “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds,” while Dioscorides (c.50 AD) suggests it for ulcers.The healing properties of honey are even mentioned in many religious texts, including the Bible, Veda, and Koran.
To experience the health and medicinal benefits of honey, you must be using raw (unprocessed and unfiltered), organic honey because the quality and type of honey you use will greatly determine its nutritional or medicinal effectiveness. While stores will try to sell you filtered, processed honey that looks beautiful in the jaw or bottle, this actually dramatically strips away its healing potential.
While the filtration and processing helps extend honey’s shelf life and boosts stores’ profits, these ultra-purified versions have little to no health benefits (and can even have negative health impacts including unwanted toxins and health risks from contamination).
However, when honey is produced ethically and sustainably, it has tremendous value for your health and wellness. Check out this list of six whole-body health and medicinal benefits of raw, organic honey:
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