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Don't Look Back - TCC Episode 33dont_quit

Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.

~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

“The past does not equal The future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today, or a moment ago, or for the last six months; the last 16 years, or the last fifty years of life doesn’t mean anything…All that matters is what are you going to do, Right Now.”

- Anthony Robbins, American self-help writer and professional speaker.

 Today's Episode:

  • Your Past Doesn't Equal Your Future
  • Don't Look Back

Your Past Doesn't Equal Your Future

Mandino (1990) suggested, rule 3 for a better way to live, that when you make a mistake or life knocks you down, don't dwell on it too long. Robbins (1991) suggested your past doesn't need to equal your future. Thomas Edison found 9,999 ways not to make a lightbulb.

I've made a few mistakes along the way. There are lessons to be learned. Sometimes I'll make the same mistake again and again, means I need to try something different. There are somethings you can do to help you not to dwell on past mistakes.

Don't Look Back

  • Picture your dreams: Create a vision board, write down your goals and dreams, read them everyday, create affirmations
  • Don't Quit: Just keep showing up. Persistence pays.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

Robbins, A. (1991). Awaken the giant within: How to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical & financial destiny. New York, N.Y.: Summit Books.

Links:

CANI - Blog post about Constant And Neverending Improvement 

House of Hope - Podcast Episode 32

Books:


Count Your Blessings: TCC Episode 30count  your blessings

Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

Today's Episode:

  • Counting Your Blessings
  • List Your Blessings
  • Happy and Grateful Affirmations

Counting Your Blessings

Count your blessings. You are one of a kind. There's no one in the world like you. You are amazing.
Richard Simmons, Fitness Guru and Motivational Speaker

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale tells a story about a man who lost everything. Had that man sit down and started listing off the things he did have. He listed things like his health, loving wife, good kids, a brain to think with, etc...

I've been there and may be you have too. I realized that I'm in a recession when my neighbor loses his/her job. It's a depression is when it happened to you. Instead of dwelling on those things you lost, start listing what you do have and be grateful for them. Life is too short!

List Your Blessings

  • Faith - I still have a God that loves me even though I forget to tell him/her
  • Family - I have a good wife mother to my great son, my mother is still with us, my brothers, and my Organo Gold family
  • Friends - I have friends who support me
  • Fitness - I've lost 86 pounds. I can still speak, hear and see. I can move around easily. I still have a few hairs on my head.
  • Finances - I will be a coffee millionaire. I have a roof over my head. My car gets me to where I need to be.

Happy and Grateful Affirmations

In the movie, The Secret, I heard the statement I am happy and grateful now that... and you fill in the blank. These are affirmations that you can use to take you to your hopes and dreams.

I am happy and grateful now that I have a loving family that supports me.

I am happy and grateful now that I am a Diamond in Organo Gold living the number one lifestyle in the World.

I am happy and grateful now that I have the freedom to help and serve other people everywhere.

Richard Simmons, Count Your Blessings, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/blessings_3.html#ss843g02sfBBOe5f.99

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Better Way to Live: TCC Episode 29og_mandino1

Today's Episode:

  • A Better Way to Live
  • 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life

A Better Way to Live Revisited

Jim Rohn said the same wind blows on us all and the difference is how we set the sails to take us to  our hopes and dreams. I decided to draw a line in the sand and set sails towards happiness, health, and wealth. My mission is to help other people everywhere and if I can help you realize some of your dreams then mission accomplished.

In my blog post, Better Way To Live, I mention a book I pulled off the shelf A Better Way to Live by Og Mandino. I started reading it and decided that it was time to apply the principles in this book. I will blog about each rule and discuss them over the next several weeks.

Mr. Mandino was talking right to me. He invited me into his writing sanctuary and gave me a personal tour. I have worked to create a similar work space because it sounded warm and inspiring. He also talked about his background where I found a few similarities especially finding out the same winds had blown on his life. Then he turned and told me his solutions.

Mr. Mandino's solution have become my goal; to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

 

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17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

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Better Way to Live

I walked to my bookshelves in my office looking for something to read. Since I have been focused on personal development, I found three books by Og Mandino: A Better Way to LiveThe Greatest Salesman in the World, and The Choice. I pulled all three off the shelf and tucked them into my book bag. One day I head out for a weekly coffee meeting to help my business.

The presenter suggested reading A Better Way to Live: Og Mandino's Own Personal Story of Success Featuring 17 Rules to Live By  and talked about each of the 17 Rules to Live By. 

I will be discussing each rule on The Coffee Couch and as blog posts over the next few months. My goal is to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each. Each week I will talk about how I applied these rules.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

Books:


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HOPE: TCC Episode 27

Today's Episode:

  • HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere)
  • How You Can Help Others

HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere)

I always wanted to help people. At first I wanted to be a paramedic. Then I thought I'd like to be a doctor. I never did either, YET. At least not a medical doctor.

I ended up in Nursing after my father passed. As a result of a class I took, I became a certified hypnotist. I'm working on my Ph.D. to make a difference in adult education. I will be Doctor Dan.

This podcast has helped my in more ways then one. I get to help people in a way I never thought about. I decided what I want to do when I grow up... Be a Coach. Now I hope to help you.

My Mission:

  • Godliness: Living to serve others. Godliness isolates negativity.
  • Help others: Helping others has helped me take the focus off my problems. By helping you reach your hopes and dreams, I'll eventually reach my hopes and dreams.

How You Can Help Others

  1. Ask what you can do to help: Straight out ask "what can I do?"
  2. Smile: Acknowledge others
  3. Lend an ear: Just listening to someone else can make a difference
  4. Send a card or gift: Just let someone know you are thinking of them. Reach out and touch someone.
  5. Volunteer: Volunteer in your community, for an organization, or a hospital (which is how I met my wife 35 years ago)
  6. Donate: Give money to your favorite cause.
  7. Stop and help a stranger: Stop and help someone stranded on the side of the road.

Links:

OGCares: Creating the leaders of tomorrow by enriching the lives of youth around the world.http://www.ogcares.org/

ExtraLife: Gamer Community coming together to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to save kids lives - http://danhansen.com/extralife

Books:

How to Resist Temptation: TCC Episode 26resisttemptation

Today's Episode:

  • The Temptation
  • How to Resist Temptation

The Temptation

I love my coffee business and what it has done for  me physically and financially. This last weekend my buddy, while helping his coffee business, kept referring to other network marketing programs he was involved in. After the event was over he told me about his success at losing 19 pounds over the past few months and made me one of his shakes to try.

I said, "I've lost 83 pounds with my coffee and capsules (danhansen.com/13) since the beginning of June 2014", which is very significant since I don't work out or starve myself. I realized I was very happy and grateful for my coffee company and the benefits it provides me and my family. My buddy was trying to get me to be a customer for a product that I have tried in the past without the success I'm having now.

Shakes are good, they provide nutrients and stuff, but I forget to make one as I'm running out of the house with my coffee. I have to ask why should I buy another shake product when I have several in my house that have probably expired like my stationary clothes hanger.

I probably should have said no but he said to get his coffee in, he adds it to the shake. I thought, "how interesting make me one of those". I tried it both ways and loved the one with the coffee. Gee! it tasted like my mocha only cold with a teaspoon of peanut butter. I feel a new coffee recipe coming on, peanut butter mocha.

How to Resist Temptation

  1. Just say NO - For some that could be difficult especially if you work real hard to help others. Clear (2014) suggested that learning to say no should be a developed skill to help you in any endeavor. I have to agree.
  2. Remember Your Goals and Dreams - Ask yourself will this take me away from or toward my goals and dreams
  3. Who are you listening, What are you reading - if you hang around and listen to people who are living your dream, you'll more then likely succeed especially if you imitate them and do what they do. Hill (1937) suggested that you should have a mastermind alliance and surround yourself with people who will help you reach your goals and dreams.

References:

Clear, J. (2014). How to say no, resist temptation, and stick to your health goals. Retrieved from http://jamesclear.com/how-to-say-no

Links:

Coffee Recipes - http://recipes.organogold.com/

Books:

The 30 Day Mental Fast Revisited

30 Day Mental Fast: TCC Episode 24

Today's Episode:

  • What is the 30 Day Mental Fast
  • 30 Day Mental Fast (Modified)

What is the 30 Day Mental Fast

This was inspired by Jerry Clark's 30 Day Mental Fast for Millionaires:

  1. Read Uplifting Material for 15-20 Minutes A Day
  2. Turn Off The Television
  3. Turn off the Radio
  4. No Newspapers
  5. Associate Only with Uplifting People
  6. Drink Water
  7. Exercise At Least 20 Minutes A Day
  8. Reflect on the Good for 30 Minutes Each Day

I have slightly modified because I discovered one more thing that added value for me. I use it to work with my goals and dreams to become millionaire as an owner of an International Gourmet Coffee Business, writer, and public speaker. The mental fast has helped me gain better mental clarity and prioritize what's important.

November is not only NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) but also has 30 days in it, whink means a great time for doing the Mental Fast. As a writer this is perfect because it incorporates time to read. I read everything from journal articles for my research and books on personal development to fiction and books on how to improve my craft.

"Think Like a Giant" Jerry Clark

30 Day Mental Fast (Modified)

  1. No TV, Newspapers, or Radio - I found them not only a horrible time waster but also a huge source of negativity
  2. No Negativity - Not only in what you listen to but also your words
  3. Read a Good Uplifting Book for 15 minutes - As a writer I find this easy. I not only read books like Think and Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big but also some fiction and non-fiction to help improve my writing craft
  4. Listen to Personal Development Audio - I listen to a lot of personal development audios from Holton Buggs' How to Turn Your Network Marketing Business Into a Cash Cow (for Organo Gold Distributors) and Zig Ziglar's Goals. I listen to podcasts on the craft of writing, public speaking and living a better life, for example Michael Hyatt's This is Your Life Podcast. Who are you listening to?
  5. Associate with positive people - I have several mentors or mastermind alliance, as Napoleon Hill talks about in Think and Grow Rich, who range from my business mentors Dr. Walker and Michael Hyatt of This is You Life Podcast. I have my PhD mentors Drs. Walter McCollum, Anthony Lolas, Marilyn Simon and Brandon Hamilton. I have writing mentors K.M. Weiland, Writing Excuses Podcast, Joanna Penn of the Creative Penn Podcast,
  6. Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules
  7. Exercise for 15 minutes a day - I always feel better and gets the blood moving
  8. Reflection Time for 15 minutes a day - I sometimes stretch this out to an hour because I will often work on meditations that I will record. I have been working on a meditation script I found what I wrote 21 years ago for my hypnosis practice. I like experimenting on myself.

Links:

Jerry Clark's 30 Day Mental Fast for Millionaires

Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn Podcast - http://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

K.M. Weiland - http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

Michael Hyatt's: This is Your Life Podcast

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) - http://nanowrimo.org/

Pacer Pedometer app for iPhone or Android - http://www.pacer.cc/

Writing Excuses Podcast - http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Zig Ziglar's: Goals

Reference:

Clark, J. (n.d.). 30 Day Mental Fast Kit. Retrieved from http://www.clubrhino.com/products/item39.cfm.

Books:




 

So far I've taken off 74 pounds.
I've taken off 74 pounds.

4 Steps to Weight Loss: TCC Episode 23

Today's Episode:

  • Why I Want to Lose Weight
  • How This Applies to Your Scholarly Journey
  • 4 Steps to weight loss
    • Make a Decision
    • Create a Picture in Your Mind
    • Change Your Coffee! Change Your Life!
    • Experiment with Your Body

 Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.

~ Phil McGraw - Psychologist, Talk Show Host

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


Why I Want to Lose Weight

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and morbid obesity with an A1C of 7.1 and weighed in at 380 lbs over a year ago, when I was laid off from Chicago Public Schools in June 2013. My doctor suggested that I start taking medicine or lose weight. I discovered over the years after trying many weight loss products and fad diets that I had to change my approach. Robbins (1991) suggested that your past doesn't equal your future. This meant I had to do something different.

In March 2014 I was stuck just over 345 until May when I had a chance to hang with the millionaires in my coffee company. I was sitting in the back of a coach bus with 2 (Mr. Jose Ardon and Ivan Alberts) who were talking about driving Ferrari's on the Autobahn in Germany and shot me a challenge to join them. I knew to do that I needed to have the financial freedom to do that and lose weight so I could travel comfortably. I reached a point of being sick and tired of losing and gaining weight.As of my last physical my A1C was 5.1. My last weigh in, I was 306. This time it had to be permanent and part of my scholarly journey.

How This Applies to Your Scholarly Journey

Like any good race, you need to be in peak performance and have the stamina to get to the finish line. Those late night writing sessions. Preparing to defend your dissertation. As I have lost the weight I find that I have more stamina and some mental clarity. I found that when my health was failing so was my productivity. I want to look good walking across the stage at graduation too.

I started slowly and with great effort I had been losing a pound a week. Then in May 2014 when I made a decision, I kicked it into overdrive. Schwarts (1987) suggested that you are your own laboratory and can experiment on yourself. I did that and found my 4 steps that helped me lose 74 pounds.

4 Steps to Weight Loss

  1. Make A Decision
    1. To get healthy
    2. To fit comfortably in booths and airplanes
    3. To make it a permanent change
    4. My Goal is 224 pounds, what I weighed on my honeymoon 1984
  2. Create the Picture in Your Mind
    1. Last time I weighed 224 was in 1984 (I will look for the picture)
    2. I picture myself traveling all over the world in comfort and style
    3. Goal is to race Ferraris on the Autobahn in Germany
  3. Change Your Coffee! Change Your Life!
    1. I infused my body with Ganoderma
    2. I didn't drink any other brand of coffee or teas
    3. Goal to create financial freedom
  4. Experiment with Your Body
    1. I gave up breads and desserts (became easy by drinking the mocha or hot chocolate)
    2. I did a few detoxes with fruit fasts
    3. Goal to do another the 30 Day Coffee Challenge

The 30 Day Coffee Challenge

Drink one cup of Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee a day, there are 30 individual servings per box for black or latte. Then contact me at dan@wantmycofee.com to let me know how did you like the taste and how did it make you feel. You can buy a box at http://wantmycoffee.com

References:

Hansen, D. (2014). Take Care of Yourself. Retrieved from http://danhansen.com/take-care-of-yourself

McCraw, P. (2014).Weight Loss Quotes. Retrieved from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/weight_loss.html#byLyj8uFIBif2kM8.99

Schwarts, D. J. (1987). The magic of thinking big. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Links:

Dr. Phil McGrawhttp://www.drphil.com/

Buddha quote about the body/mind - http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/body.html#rkPWSA7fv5SxR1yA.99

Ganodermahttp://wantmycoffee.myorganogold.com/company/ganoderma/

Books:



5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process: TCC Episode 19

Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.
Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.

Today's Episode:

  • My progress
  • Motivation During the Dissertation Process
  • 5 Ways to Stay Motivated

My Progress

Date: September 16, 2014

Name: Dissertation Writing

Topic: The Proposal

Milestones: Chapter 3 revisions

Summary: After coming back from a leave of absence, I'm on my second revision of chapter 3

Risk: Over thinking the process and getting stuck

Risk Mitigation Strategy: Meditation, work on a different section, and working on smaller chunks.

Project timeline: On Time

Committee Member: Dr. Walter McCollum & Dr. Anthony Lolas

URR: N/A

Motivation During the Dissertation Process

Thanks to Dr. Walter McCollum, my dissertation chair and mentor, Drs. Latrice Walker and Brandon Hamilton, my mentors and friends, email and phone me increasing my levels of motivation during the dissertation process. I also found a writing support system face-to-face, with my fellow classmate and friend, Helen. She has been facing many of the challenges that I have, such as: family, work, and procrastination. I want to first congratulated her on her her milestones so far, completing KAM 6 and working on the application section of KAM 7. Hang in there!!!! We can do this!

Motivation is that desire or willingness from deep within us to do something (Hiam, 2002). In other words, dig deep and never give up. In our case, it is to get the dissertation done and graduate. How can you keep yourself motivated?

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process

5 Ways to Stay Motivated during the Dissertation Process (Simon and Goes, 2013; Bolker, 2010):

  • Meditate (complete stillness)
  • Take care of yourself
  • Visualize yourself completing the dissertation and graduation
  • Find a support system
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Like minded people
    • Blog or Podcast
  • Create relationships on social media
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook

References:

Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.

Hiam, A. (2002). Motivational management. (p. 12). New York, NY: AMACOM Books.

Simon, M. K., & Goes, J. (2013). Dissertation & scholarly research: Recipes for success. (2013 ed.). USA: Dissertation Success, LLC.

Links:

Latrice Walker, Ph.D.: http://robinkelly.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/constituent-spotlightlatrice-walker

Brandon Hamilton, Ph.D. - Hamilton's Solutions: http://hamiltonssolutions.intuitwebsites.com/

Walter McCollum, Ph.D. - McCollum Enterprises, LLC: http://www.mccollumenterprisesllc.com/1905782.html

Books:

30 Day Coffee Challenge

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I'm so proud of my weight loss experience. You can hear about it at danhansen.com/15 and the coffee that helped. As I mentioned in Episode 15 of The Coffee Couch Podcast, I noticed that my eating habits changed. I no longer crave breads and sweets.

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This last week I decided to test my cravings by doing a fruit fast, to see if I could. Being a researcher, this was a golden opportunity to see if I missed other foods like meat. I'm an omnivore and love my meats bordering on carnivore. Tomorrow is Labor Day, here in the United States, and I know there will be brats, ribs and cakes. I'm sure I'll at least see a few salads, some fruit and at least chicken. I'm positive I'll have my coffee with me, probably lattes and mochas.

I just had to challenge everyone to give it a try. I never thought there was such a thing as a healthy cup of coffee. I was wrong. I used to drink 2 pots of coffee a day plus 2 extra large coffees from Dunkin Donuts. Now, I just drink Organo Gold.

The 30 Day Coffee Challenge

Drink one box of Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee, there are 30 individual servings per box. Drink only Organo Gold. Then contact me at http://danhansen.com/contact or dan@wantmycofee.com to let me know how you liked the taste and how did it make you feel.