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Happy Thanksgiving!! Now, back to work!

Hello and Comments from Mike!

Hello All, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were surrounded by loved ones. I have taken some time off from sending these newsletters, but after having a great holiday and some refocus in life I wanted to start sending these out again… I feel it is a great way to keep in touch friends, family, clients, future clients, and pass along some ideas and knowledge, and opening up dialogue and collecting feedback and idea.

What am I currently Reading? Millionaire Success Habits, by Dean Graziosi. One key takeaway from the book is spending some time to understand your personal reason “why” you do what you do… knowing what fundamentally motivates you… Conducting an internal “Deep Dive” asking yourself 7 times on the way you do what you do, or why you WANT to do something new.

I do have a habit of listing to various podcasts as I do other tasks throughout the day, (walking to the office, dishes, running, etc.). I have recently subscribed to the Kwik Brain podcast and love the ideas would recommend it to everyone! He shares short tips to hack your brain!!

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I look forward to feedback on this Newsletters and idea on future projects!

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How to become more creative on the job

You won’t thrive at work doing the same thing over and over again. You’ve got to innovate. Find new ways of doing things, saving money, saving money, and helping your employer. Otherwise, your career will stagnate. Boost your workplace creativity by paying attention to these guidelines:

• Schedule time for creativity. Research suggests that we’re more creative when our mood is positive. Pay attention to your mood throughout the day and the week (keep a log if that helps), and set aside some time to generate and explore ideas when you’re feeling good.

• Seek diversity. When brainstorming with others, mix up your sources. Include people from departments you don’t normally work with. The more variety you have, the greater range of ideas you’ll be able to choose from.

• Think in metaphors. Get past the literal. Train yourself to stretch your perceptions of your operations, products, and strategies. How is your organization like a school bake sale, for example? How is cutting back on expenses like going on a diet? You’ll see connections and generate ideas that would never have occurred to you.

• Relax. Most of us aren’t really more creative when we’re on a deadline or frightened of failure.

Don’t put undue pressure on yourself, or your co-workers, when you want fresh ideas. People are more likely to feel creative when they’re excited and happy.

The consequences of greed

Long ago, during the time when the salmon swam up the Cheakamus River to spawn, the people of the Squamish Nation would fish and store their catch for the coming winter.

One day, a man came to the river and cast his net into the water hoping to catch something for dinner. Within minutes he had enough fish to feed his family through the spring. He packed his catch and prepared to haul them away.

As he started to leave, he looked to the river and became unsatisfied with the abundance he possessed. He cast his net into the water once more and pulled out another bounty of salmon.

He emptied his net onto the shore and admired his second catch. He now had enough fish to feed two more families until the spring.

Instead of leaving, the man wondered just how many fish the river would give to him. He tossed his net into the water for a third time. He pulled it back in and found that it was tangled and filled with sticks, river stones, and muck.

He shrugged off this misfortune and turned away from the water. When he looked toward the last catch of salmon he’d left on the shore, he saw only piles of rocks in its place.

Then he noticed Wountie, the spirit protector of the river. Wountie spoke to the man and told him that his greed had broken the ring of harmony with the river—and that Nature expressed her displeasure by withholding her gifts from him.

The man returned home with empty baskets, haunted by the consequences of his actions. He would always remember that enough is more than plenty.

Health in the News

Coffee + nap = more energy

Want to take a nap that will leave you refreshed and ready to go again? Try drinking a cup of coffee first.

It sounds counterintuitive, but that’s the advice from the website. The reason why it works: The caffeine in a cup of coffee takes about 30 minutes to kick in. After a 30-minute nap, you’ll wake up just as the caffeine takes effect.

Research backs the idea up. In 1997 the journal Psychophysiology reported that sleepy adults who drank 200 mg of caffeine (twice the amount in 8 ounces of brewed coffee) and then took a short nap performed better on a simulated driving test than people who got only the caffeine.

Keep your naps short—15-30 minutes—and take them at least six hours before your regular bedtime so the caffeine doesn’t keep you up at night. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, try green tea instead.

Factors for avoiding dementia

Physicians estimate that cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia could reach 141 million people by 2050, but a new study reported in The Lancet says that one-third of such cases could be prevented through better lifestyle management, including:

• Getting an education (staying in school until over age 15)

• Reducing high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes

• Avoiding or treating hearing loss in mid-life

• Not smoking

• Physical exercise

• Reducing depression and social isolation later in life.

One minute a day may lead to stronger bones

Keeping your bones in good shape is vital to your health as you grow older, especially for women. Research reported on the Medical News Today website suggests that women may be able to keep their bones

strong by running just one minute a day.

Examining data from more than 2,500 women, researchers found that women who participated in high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity like running 60-120 seconds a day had 4 percent better bone health than women who took part in less than a minute of physical activity. Women who performed more than two minutes of exercise had 6 percent better bone health.

The researchers cautioned, though, that they can’t be sure whether high-intensity exercise leads to better bone health, or whether people with better bone health tend to exercise more.

Save your dollars at the pump

Saving on gasoline helps the environment as well as your own personal bottom line. To minimize the amount of money you pay at the pump, follow these guidelines:

• Tune up your car. Service your vehicle regularly so it runs as efficiently as possible. Look for worn sparkplugs and clogged air filters, keep your tires properly inflated, and be sure you’re using the right grade of oil for your engine. All these things can improve your car’s performance and mileage.

• Fill up carefully. Don’t overfill your tank and allow gas to slosh out. Tighten the gas cap so fuel can’t evaporate through any gaps.

• Buy the right gas. Check your owner’s manual for the correct octane level. Filling the tank with a higher octane doesn’t usually improve performance, and it generally costs more.

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