The Power of Clarity

A young woman, confronted by four options for proceeding in her life, is granted the ability to see what results would come from her choice of of the options. After she sees her future along three of the roads, she makes her choice. This film is often credited for giving Valentino the role that led to him being cast in The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (1921). I chose to share this film today to illustrate that Clarity is needed to enable us to make powerful choices that lead to more harmony, vitality, power and freedom. When clients ask me what is it that I do as a Clarity Hour Coach, I reply that what I do is use my gift in strategic thinking to help clients see choices that lead them to a more empowered life. Why would someone pay money to receive this type of assistance? Because when making important choices, sometimes we can end up making choices that cost us a lot of money and not forgetting a heart ache. Clarity Hour Coaching helps people get clear about what decisions to make. When we experience less confusion and stress in our life, we are given space to live life from a place of authenticity and inspiration. Click onto the following link to find out if you would benefit from receiving Clarity Hour Coaching: http://clarityhour.com/clarity-hour-coaching-programme/

“I now have a toolkit to improve my life dramatically. I’ve enjoyed the sessions very much indeed and Edgar is inspirational.

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“Clarity is a life-changing experience and having experienced this myself I cannot imagine living without it. I like the person I become when I’m being clear…”

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“This coaching has changed my approach to everyday stresses – people, situations, irritations. I am more able to consider issues with sensitivity now, and I’m less likely just to jump in to try and solve everyone’s problems.”

Stars: Clara Kimball Young, Gareth Hughes and Pauline Starke
Features: Rudolph Valentino
Runtime: 78 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White

Director: Albert Parker
Producer: Harry Garson Productions
Production Company: Harry Garson Productions

Give Your Skin a Lasting Glow With These Healthy Food Choices

healthy skinIt’s so easy to forget that what you put into your body plays a huge part in how your body feels and how well it performs!

When you get caught up in day-to-day happenings, you’re likely to lose sight of the importance of watching what you eat. You start to focus on eating to sustain you throughout the day instead of eating to keep your body healthy.

Eventually, you’ll start to feel tired and worn out, and also look pale and undernourished. If you’re at that stage right now, it’s important to make a conscious effort to assess what you’re feeding your body. This is the first step for reviving your appearance and overall health.

In getting started, look at what you can include as well as what you can eliminate from your diet to help you get and maintain glowing, healthy skin. A glowing exterior reflects a healthy interior!

These food-related decisions will help you achieve and maintain a healthy glow:

1. Drink lots of water. Water has several benefits to the body, but specifically related to that glow you want is its ability to flush toxins from your system and keep you hydrated.

  • Drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day will result in healthier, cleaner skin and a timeless natural glow.

2. Eat berries. Berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Antioxidants play a huge part in helping to eliminate toxins from the body. As you may know, toxins are dangerous and contribute to all sorts of negative symptoms, including tiredness, weakened immune system, and even tainted blood.

  • All of the above symptoms can manifest themselves very easily. You’ll be able to look in the mirror and know something’s wrong.

3. Avoid processed foods. In lots of cases, processed foods contain ingredients that the human body just doesn’t know what to do with. When you eat them, the body just holds on to what it can’t process. In such cases, you really don’t know what kind of impact those ingredients are having on your system.

  • Play it safe by avoiding processed foods as much as possible. They may very well be contributing to the missing glow.
  • Shop at the whole foods stores in your area and have organic foods where possible.

4. Include fiber each day. Fibrous foods are effective at aiding digestion and allowing the body to get rid of free radicals that can wreak havoc on your system.

  • When you eat foods high in fiber, like grains and green vegetables, your strengthened health is reflected in your skin, too.

  • Whole grains can be found in some breakfast cereals, but be sure to check the sugar content so you’re not diminishing the value of the grains.
  • Broccoli is a particularly effective fibrous vegetable.

As you can see, it’s really not that difficult to treat your body right. By making just a few changes to what you eat, you’ll enable your body to function well and your skin to maintain a healthy glow.

When changing your diet, it’s easier if you implement just one change at a time. Once that change becomes a habit, you can make another change. Your skin will show the results in no time!

How to Get Through Your First Day When You Quit Smoking

The Man Who Quit Smoking

The Man Who Quit Smoking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may find the first day challenging when you’re ready to quit smoking, but the benefits to your health and wellbeing make all the effort worthwhile. Get off to a good start by doing everything you can to make the initial hours go by more gently.

Minimize Your Discomfort

  1. Keep your mouth busy. Oral satisfaction is a key reason why people smoke. Switch to harmless alternatives like drinking water, chewing sugar free gum, and munching on low calorie snacks.

  2. Occupy your hands. While you’re at it, give your hands something else to do, too. Knit a scarf or play computer games.

  3. Sleep more. Take a nap. Cravings are a lot less noticeable when you’re asleep and you’ll still be getting the nicotine out of your system.

  4. Engage in physical activity. On the other hand, exercise is also beneficial. Aerobic exercise causes your body to release endorphins that enhance your mood.

  5. Pick a low stress time. If possible, schedule your first day at a time when you’ll be relatively free from stress. Depending on your routine, that may be the week your kids go back to school or sometime after the winter holidays.

  6. Set short term goals. Take it one day at a time or even a minute at a time. Reassure yourself that any cravings are temporary.

  7. Breathe deeply. Inhaling deeply is another pleasure that you may connect with smoking. Take a break and focus on your breath instead of lighting up.

  8. Practice relaxation techniques. Increased irritability is typical for a while when you give up smoking. Practice meditation or listen to instrumental music.

  9. Consider cessation aids. Nicotine replacement products make the process easier for many people. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the options.

Manage Your Triggers

  1. Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can weaken your willpower. Skip the cocktails and take a walk after work.
  2. Get away from the table. Smoking after meals may also be a habit. Head out to a movie rather than lingering around the dinner table.
  3. Think about your morning cup of coffee. Treat yourself to something different if you often smoke while drinking coffee. Brew a cup of green tea instead and sample a new breakfast cereal.

Additional Suggestions

  1. Reward yourself. Remind yourself of the advantages ahead. Plan on what you’ll do with the money you save, like going on a weekend trip or buying new shoes.

  2. Encourage concentration. You may find it difficult to concentrate until your body adapts to being tobacco free. Write out to do lists, take notes, and post reminders for important tasks.

  3. Seek out places that ban smoking. Spend your time in places where smoking is prohibited. That’s very easy to do these days.

  4. Brush your teeth. You’re less likely to want a cigarette when your mouth is feeling fresh. Keep a small toothbrush and toothpaste in your office desk or handbag.

  5. Surround yourself with helpful images. Think about pictures you can use to reinforce your motivation. A family portrait may remind you that you want more years to spend with your loved ones.

  6. Enlist support. Let your family and friends know how they can help you quit. Ask your local hospital about support groups in your area.

Congratulations on the decision to quit smoking. Giving up tobacco is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. If you plan ahead to minimize common obstacles on your first day without cigarettes, it can be the start of a whole new and better future for yourself.

7 Simple Ways to Change the World

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The wonderful thing about doing this is that you can set off chain after chain of positive events. Some call it the Butterfly Effect. One small thing you do can have repercussions all around the world.

Whatever positive actions you want to see more of, take responsibility to produce it yourself.

When you show the world your willingness to be positive, others follow your lead, and before you know it, you’re changing the world one action at a time. There’s no better way to effect positive changes in the world.

If you’re stumped about what you can do to make the world a better place, try these ideas:

1. Listen to what others say, without interrupting. It sounds simple, yet you find yourself wanting to cut others off in conversation or rush them to finish speaking. Truly listening and then responding to what they say makes them feel valued – like they matter – and that’s one positive change you just produced.

  • In being around you, they learn to do the same and spread the concept to others, who then repeat the process.

2. Give away some things. You probably have items in good condition that you don’t use anymore. Pack a box full of things you no longer use and take them to a local charity. 

  • Someone will benefit from your items and you’ll both feel good about your action.

3. Do something to help others. Research charities you’re interested in and then offer to help. You could call the local social service agencies and offer your services for free.

  • Maybe you’re an accountant and could do their accounting at no cost. If you’re a maintenance worker, offer your “fix-it” services to charities’ offices.
  • You could knit or crochet blankets, baby hats, and shawls for local hospitals, hospices, or nursing homes.

4. Organize a volunteer effort to assist a group of individuals. For example, collect boxed foods and blankets and ship them to US military bases all over the world. Another example is to raise money for construction materials to send to Haiti to build new homes and schools for communities hampered by storms.

  • If you’re aware of the needs of a certain group, start your own local efforts to assist.

5. Deposit change in vending machines and walk away. A simple and fun way to “pay it forward” is to put enough change in a vending machine so the next person that walks up can receive a drink or snack for free.

6. Adopt a family. During the holidays, you won’t need a lot of money to share the holiday spirit with others. Through local churches or social service agencies, you can “adopt” a local family. 

  • The church or organization provides you with the first names of a nuclear family’s members, their genders, and ages so you can purchase 1-2 gifts for each of them. Sometimes, the list you’re given provides you with clothing sizes and gift ideas for each family member.
  • After shopping, place the tagged gifts in a big box and drop them off to the organization sponsoring the Adopt-a-Family event. You can bring joy and happiness to an anonymous family at holiday time.
  • You don’t have to wait for the holidays to help out a family. Missions all over the world help support families that need food, clothing, and school supplies. Your neighborhood churches can put you in touch with someone in need.

7. Pay for a family’s dinner when you’re dining out. You have a golden opportunity to change the world by anonymously paying for a family’s meal. If you like, have the server give them a note onto which you scribbled, “Pass it on.” 

You can effect more positive change in the world around you than you realize. Strive to do helpful, giving, and caring actions for others. Demonstrating kindness is truly contagious. Live a passionate life by changing the world one action at a time

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Embracing Change – What’s In It For You?

Embrace ChangeResisting change may come naturally to you. After all, you might be pretty happy with the way things are now. Why shake up what’s already working – right?

The fact is, though, that things will always change in some way.

When you recognize everything you have to gain by accepting change, you’ll be more confident about embracing it.

Discover the sparkling gems that accompany life’s transitions:

1. You can adjust to the idea of unknown factors. You perhaps fear the unknown, which is a fear shared by many of us. But if you can look at the oncoming change as a new adventure, you’ll see the unknown element in a whole new light. 

  • Take the Indiana Jones approach—“I don’t know what I’ll run in to around the next mountain, but it should be interesting.”
  • Build your confidence by learning to adjust to the unknown.

2. You’ll learn something. Chances are good that when something in your life changes, your level of personal knowledge increases. Surely you’re open to gaining some new knowledge you can use to live an enriched, more fascinating life.

3. Efficiency will likely increase. Although it may be difficult to imagine when a change is headed your way, it’s quite likely, at least in the work environment, that a change will bring more efficiency in getting work accomplished. Who knows, you might be able to get twice the work done in half the time!

4. A whole new world will open up for you. Some of the most wonderful things happen when change occurs, even unwanted change. Because the mind can’t always grasp in advance what will happen as the change unfolds, it’s not always easy to recognize the beauty of the newness that surrounds you in change. 

5. It’s a nice opportunity to show and build your confidence. Since others will likely be as leery as you are about change, why not let your confidence shine as a transition approaches?

  • Look forward with positivity and recognize within yourself that you have whatever it takes to adjust to the change.
  • Also, as you experience more changes, you’ll notice you’re building confidence you can use when future changes loom. Remember how well you did when you took the job transfer five years ago? Or how you were able to live a better life once you disengaged from an unhealthy relationship?
  • You’ll not only demonstrate your confidence through the change process, you stand to gain even more self-assurance.

6. Change motivates you. Sometime, life’s path can become cluttered or a bit of a bore. But change can actually pull you through some challenging or ho-hum periods of time and motivate you to become a better worker, parent, partner, or person. 

7.Change usually brings about success. No matter what the change, ultimately you’ll rise above and likely experience the success that changes so often bring.

Change introduces so many positive elements to your life. When you learn to embrace change along your life journey, you’ll strengthen your efforts to live your best life.

Top 10 Ways to Get What You Want

get what you wantEveryone has a list of the things they truly want in life. Jot down what you dream about, strive for, and desire. Check out these top 10 ways to achieve whatever you want in life.

1 . Think of yourself first in a love relationship. In a relationship, state what you want and need and go after it. If you’re thinking solely of the other person, it’s likely you’re unhappy.

  • Considering your own needs in your relationship isn’t selfish—it’s integral to your quest for whatever you want in life.

2. Establish a healthy relationship with money. Recognize that your ability to manage your financial existence is a key to getting what you want. You must know how to save, budget, and spend money to achieve your dreams.

  • Create a budget and follow it. You’ll be one step closer to what you wish for.

3. Protect your health. When you consider the people you know who’ve done well in pursuing their dreams, you’ll see that the majority of them take positive steps to take care of their health. It takes energy, vitality, and work to get what you want. Protecting your health is essential.

4. Take time to relax.When you stop and smell the roses, you get more in touch with your feelings. You’re allowing an opportunity to re-charge your batteries to continue toward your goals. Plus, you can re-group and visualize the fantastic life you strive for.

5. Plan for how you’ll handle stressful times. In order to live a life filled with enrichment and adventure, be prepared for traversing a bumpy road occasionally.

  • Accept the fact that everyone experiences stress. Find ways of dealing with stress so it doesn’t consume you or thwart progress toward your dreams. Meditation, Yoga, and pursuing your favorite hobbies all reduce stress.
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6. Determine how to get paid for doing what you love. Do you enjoy sewing, designing rooms, or being near cars? No matter what your bliss, there’s a way to get paid associated with it. Use your imagination and creativity to figure out how to earn while engaging in those cherished activities. If you love being outdoors, think of jobs where you’ll work in nature.

  • When you can connect your financial livelihood to an activity you already enjoy doing, you’ll get what you want in life.

7. Love your job. Make a decision to love your job. It matters not whether you’re a secretary, maintenance technician, or construction worker. Learn to love the job you have for now. When you show passion for what you do, good things will come to you.

Finding Peace in the Midst of Grief

Pietà (The Lamentation of Christ)

Pietà (The Lamentation of Christ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The state of grief confronts even the most emotionally sturdy people, so feeling like you’re not able to handle what you’re facing is a challenge that we all face from time to time.

As hard as it may be to accept, though, any affliction, hurt or pain you are experiencing helps to shape the person you are. Making your way to the end of the tunnel says a lot about your ability to overcome the worst and return to a happy, peaceful state of being.

If, however, you’re finding it difficult to get through your grief on your own, try the following strategies to make the journey less difficult.

Course of Action for Overcoming Grief

  1. Acceptance. As difficult as it may sound to you right now, you’ll need to take your very best shot at accepting that something has happened to cause you grief. Bear in mind that acceptance doesn’t have to mean being nonchalant about the pain and hurt, because those are very real. Instead, tell yourself that it has already happened and is in the past.
  • You haven’t been given the power to change things that have already occurred, but you can certainly change how you deal with the challenge going forward!
  • Dig deep within your soul to find the strength to move on.

  • Seek the help of someone disconnected from your circumstance and be open to their approach and point of view.
  1. Healing. It’s important to spend time doing things that bring relaxation and eliminate stress so you’re able to cope well as the days go by.
  • Spend some time in meditation so you can have a relaxed heart and mind.
  • Exercise. Physical activity encourages your body to release endorphins that lift your mood and help you feel better.
  • Forgive yourself for whatever responsibility you’ve assumed for the outcome of the situation. Try to accept that life’s happenings are under the guidance of a Greater Being.
  1. Thanksgiving. Especially during a time of grief, spend some time reflecting on all the blessings that have crossed your path. If you commit to putting aside your feelings for a moment, you’ll realize how much you truly have to be thankful for. Sometimes the blessings far outweigh the tragedies without you even knowing.
  • Make a list of all the positives that you’ve witnessed in your life and in the lives of your loved ones.
  • Meditate on those blessings until they become engrained in your conscious thought.
  • Try to identify the lesson in the midst of what you’re experiencing and be thankful for it.

Finding peace in the midst of grief will be difficult at the beginning, and there are really no rules for how long you should take to heal. However, remember that there’s a season for everything.

Your feelings of hurt and pain have no plans to last forever. As you practice these strategies and begin to heal, you’ll be able to release your grief so you can find true peace.