Recipe for Feeling Great
by Lisa Martin, The Working Mothers
When you feel good within yourself and about
yourself, the result is a happy and self-content you. All
the ingredients for your overall well-being are within your
reach. Follow the recipe below to get the most out of your
1. Two cups of positive selfishness.
Being positively selfish means choosing to spend your time
and energy on things that bring you joy and making decisions
occasionally that are based on what you need instead of what
Practicing positive selfishness is all about
letting go of the harmful emotions you might feel because
you took some time for you. Its believing that by serving
your self-interests you will, ultimately, better serve the
interests of your family, your colleagues and your community.
By becoming positively selfish you can be physically and emotionally
present at all times, without resentment.
2. One cup of unfaltering commitment to your
If you view your wellness as integrating body, mind and spirit
it will become easier to make your well-being a priority.
Use, the wellness wheel to see your physical, mental and spiritual
health from a holistic perspective. Visualize a bicycle wheel.
See the spokes radiating out from the center to the rim of
the wheel; these are the activities you undertake to enhance
your wellness. Exercise is one spoke. How you are treating
your body in terms of nutrition and rest is one, too. Giving
your spirit some time to be renewed, another spoke in your
You may not always achieve a perfectly circular
wellness wheel, but if youre willing to listen to your
body and your intuition, they will guide you as you move toward
3. Two cups of daily joy.
Experiencing joy is about paying attention to the small pleasures,
appreciating the wonder hidden in the tiny moments of life.
Small, basic, everyday things can bring you joy--the smell
of fresh coffee, the sound of laughter, the beauty in a blade
of grass. Make an effort to slow down for just a moment and
practice really seeing and experiencing all the beauty that
surrounds you, joy can be found that easily.
4. Five ounces of relaxation.
If you are craving some downtime but not sure where to find
it in the midst of all you do and want to do, try starting
with five minutes. When you first wake in the morning instead
of rolling out of bed and jumping right into your day, just
lie there. Lie there for a full five minutes. Just breathe
and think of your day ahead.
5. Three tablespoons of doing your best.
Your best is going to be different from situation to situation.
It will change depending on how rested you feel, who is involved
and where you might be. No matter what the circumstances,
the most you can ask from yourself is to do your best
then remember to acknowledge that youve done your best.
It is in this self-acknowledgement that you will be released
from angst and regret, and possibly see the humorous side
© Copyright 2007. Lisa Martin.
All rights reserved.
About the Author
Lisa Martin is a certified coach who inspires working mothers
to achieve success thats balanced. Author of Briefcase
Moms: 10 Proven Practices to Balance Working Mothers
Lives, Lisa is a sought-after expert and speaker on work-life
balance issues. Known for her very personal and practical
approach, Lisa coaches working mothers to know what they want
and get what they want. A mother herself, Lisas powerful
presentations and programs have helped thousands of women
define success and balance on their own terms. www.briefcasemoms.com
Beginners Mind Approach to Prosperity
By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler
Pioneer Brain/Mind Researcher
© 2007 by Jill Ammon-Wexler
To have a high probability of becoming prosperous,
you have to start with one very important decision! What are
you offering to give, in return for achieving your goal?
One of your most important assets is your ability
to creatively determine what you have to offer that other
people will pay for. This is the ultimate source of prosperity,
unless you manage to win the lottery or inherit money, of
Cultivate a Beginners Mind
Your mind is infinitely more subtle and creative than you
realize! And sometimes it pays to sneak up on it when trying
to solve a problem. What would this involve? Approaching a
problem of question with a totally open and flexible beginners
Suppose, for example, you are an expert in vertical
take off and landing aircraft. And perhaps you are looking
for a new, creative approach to hovering.
Obviously you could drag out technical texts
and the latest journals in your field and pour over them.
That could be a good starting point. But suppose you instead
chose to be a beginner, and make the assumption
that anything is possible regarding hovering.
I wonder what insight might come to you if you
asked yourself how a mosquito approaches hovering ? - or perhaps
a speck of dust that seems to weightlessly float in the air
current above your desk?
Is it lighter than the air? No? And yet it floats
and hovers. Since you are a beginner, can you
assume your aircraft could do the same thing? Could it defy
Or pick one common assumption in your field
that everyone subscribes to perhaps like you must
have a good education to succeed. What it they are all
wrong? What if the truth is the exact opposite. Black is white,
and white is black. What would this mean? How can you apply
it? Do some beginners mind brainstorming,
and dont reject your crazy ideas. Reflect
Boost Your Mind Power
A great way to build mind power is to continually feed your
mind new ideas and concepts. Get onto the cutting edge of
your field of interest. In our rapidly exploding information
age, knowledge is the key to success.
The interesting thing about building up your
knowledge in your field is this: The more you know, the more
competent you will become.
And the more competent you become, the greater
your sense of self-esteem and confidence. This equals increased
personal power ?- the sure mark of an achiever on the road
to prosperity. BUT - many very successful people insist its
equally important to read and study totally outside your field.
Read a comic book. Watch a garden program on TV. Go to a horse
race. Challenge your mind to grow and expand. Bill Gates plays
chess and bridge.
Be Willing to Cut Your Losses
According to the American Management Association, at least
70% of the decisions we make regarding our lives and our businesses
or professions will turn out to be wrong in the long run.
So how is it that some people still manage to end up so prosperous?
The answer is simple. Those who rise to the top in life are
willing to cut their losses if a decision proves wrong. They
are willing to admit they made a mistake, and move onto a
To rise to the top in your own life, develop
the skill of looking carefully at your decisions. If new information
or results prove your decision isnt working, be willing
to abandon it and try something different. Theres no
sense kicking a dead horse, after all. The horse wont
get up and pull your cart, and youll just bruise your
Your Most Valuable Asset
The greatest source of wealth you have is right there in your
skull. And remember that modern neuroscience has now proven
that our brains never cease to grow and change - regardless
of our age!
What you need to become truly prosperous is
a flexible, active, creative brain - and the courage to commit
to your ideas. Since there is virtually no limit on the knowledge
you can acquire, and the creativity you can develop, why not
just go for it?
What you have between your ears is far more
valuable than your bank account. Money is always out there
looking for ideas. Your personal ability to build your brainpower,
and unlock your creativity, is the true key to prosperity.
About the Author
Dr Jill is the co-developer of the Quantum Brain Gym, the
webs first (and only) complete mindpower workout. Its
as close as your computer. Come discover why thousands of
people across the globe use the gym daily to increase their
mental muscle. http://www.quantumbraingym.com