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MOUNTAINS ARE CLIMBED ONE STEP AT A TIME

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

“That's My Goal” cover
Image via WikipediTo attain success or to reach your goal,

Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.

To attain success or to reach your goal,
don’t worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Don’t procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps and take the first step right away.

Success starts with a first step.

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THE POWER TO SUCCEED IS YOURS ALONE

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

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The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start moving down the road to success. No one else can do it for you. Only you can make it happen. You’re the only one that has to live your life. Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. It’s up to you to choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success. Your life will be what you make of it. Nothing will ever happen by itself. Success will come your way once you realize that you have to make it come your way by your own actions. You have the power to live your dreams.

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20 Worst Foods in America, 2009

Posted by 104Inc.com on January 15, 2009

Can an appetizer with the caloric equivalent of 13 Krispy Kreme doughnuts be justified? No. The 2,710-calorie Awesome Blossom has been purged from Chili’s menu–maybe the fat-drenched appetizer couldn’t withstand the scrutiny of being named to the Eat This, Not That! list of the Worst Foods in America last year. No matter the reason, we applaud this waist-expanding starter’s retirement.

The deep-fried onion wasn’t the only thing to withdraw from last year’s race–more than 10 other items from 2008’s lineup have been removed from menus (or mysteriously had their calorie counts lowered). That’s a step in the right direction, and it’s good news for your waistline. 

The bad news? There are plenty of frightening foods still at large across the country. After another year of menu investigation, we’ve come up with this year’s list of the most calorie-laden, fat-riddled, sodium-swaddled, sugar-spiked dishes in America. Eat at your own risk.

Worst “Healthy” Sandwich
Blimpie Veggie Supreme (12″)
1,106 calories
56 g fat (33 g saturated fat)
2,831 mg sodium
96 g carbohydrates

Sure, a Veggie Supreme sandwich sounds healthy, but this foot-long comes with three different kinds of cheese, and it’s drenched in oil. After Blimpie gets done with this vegetarian nightmare, you’d be better off consuming two Big Macs than sitting down with this sandwich.

Don’t be fooled by “healthy” foods—replace these 14 imposters with delicious alternatives that satisfy without expanding your waistline.

Worst Kids’ Meal
Chili’s Pepper Pals Country-Fried Chicken Crispers with Ranch Dressing and Homestyle Fries
1,110 calories
82 g fat (15 g saturated)
1,980 mg sodium
56 g carbohydrates

Most kids, if given the choice, would live on chicken fingers for the duration of their adolescent lives. If those chicken fingers happened to come from Chili’s, it might be a shorter one. A moderately active 8-year-old boy should eat around 1,600 calories a day. This single meal plows through 75 percent of that allotment. So unless he plans to eat carrots and celery sticks for the rest of the day (and we know he doesn’t), find a healthier chicken alternative.

See our rankings of kids’ restaurants so you can help your children pick the best options every time.

Worst Dessert
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Dessert Ravioli
1,630 calories
74 g fat
33 g saturated fat
1,150 mg sodium
223 g carbohydrates

Would you eat a Quarter Pounder for dessert? How about four? That’s how many it takes to match the calorie-load of this decadent dish. It’s the quickest way to ruin what may have been a sensible dinner. (Then again, if dinner was at Macaroni Grill, chances are it was anything but sensible.)

Worst Burger
Chili’s Smokehouse Bacon Triple-The-Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
2,040 calories
150 g fat (53 g saturated)
110 g protein
4,900 mg sodium
 
You know this burger’s in trouble when it takes more than 20 syllables just to identify it. If you think the name’s a mouthful, just wait until the burger hits the table. You’ll be face-to-face with two-and-a-half days’ worth of fat—a full third of which is saturated. To do that much damage with roasted sirloin, you’d have to eat about eight 6-ounce steaks. (It’s nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat.)

Not all burgers are created equal. See if your favorite is a healthy indulgence or a grease slab on a bun.

Worst Starter
Uno Chicago Grill Pizza Skins (full order)
2,400 calories
155 g fat (50 g saturated)
3,600 mg sodium
 
This appetizer is like eating a Large Domino’s Hand-Tossed Sausage Pizza! Would you ever think of saying to a waiter: “Why don’t you start me off with a large meat pizza?” If you’re ordering for a party of more than five, it might be OK, but for smaller groups, it’s tilting toward gluttony gone wild. Order the Thai Vegetable Pot Stickers instead—the only item carrying fewer than 800 calories.

If you want to eat a little something before your meal, be sure to avoid the worst appetizers in America.

The Worst Food of 2009
Baskin Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake
2,600 calories
135 g fat (59 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats)
263 g sugars
1,700 mg sodium

We didn’t think anything could be worse than Baskin Robbins’ 2008 bombshell, the Heath Bar Shake. After all, it had more sugar (266 grams) than 20 bowls of Froot Loops, more calories (2,310) than 11 actual Heath Bars, and more ingredients (73) than you’ll find in most chemist labs. Rather than coming to their senses and removing it from the menu, they did themselves one worse and introduced this caloric catastrophe. It’s soiled with more than a day’s worth of calories and three days worth of saturated fat, and, worst of all, usually takes less than 10 minutes to sip through a straw.

For the complete list of the 20 Worst Foods in America 2009, check out these rankings and the best options to eat instead of the gut bombs!

Liquid calories add up quickly—especially if you’re sipping any of the 20 unhealthiest drinks in America.

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PERSONAL GROWTH IS INEVITABLE

Posted by 104Inc.com on November 20, 2008

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.  Thomas Jefferson

You’ll experience personal growth on the road to success.
All growth means change and change involves risk.
You grow because you struggle, learn and overcome your obstacles.

What happens to you is not as important as how you react to what happens.
Everything you’ll experience “good or bad” has value.

Difficulties in life are the things that show you what you are.
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It’s the great equalizer of life.

Only when you are no longer afraid will you begin to live.

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OVERCOME YOUR FEARS WITH ACTION

Posted by 104Inc.com on November 18, 2008

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Do the thing you fear and fear disappears.
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them
and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.

Your obstacles will melt away, if instead of cowering before them,
you make up your mind to walk boldly through them.

One of the greatest surprises you’ll experience,
is when you discover that you can do what you were afraid you couldn’t do.

The only thing you have to fear is fear itself.
When you face the things that scare you, you open the door to freedom.

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Leading Through Vision and Values: Communicates the importance of the vision and values

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 17, 2008

An organization’s vision and values are meaningless if people don’t understand and accept them. Before committing to new behaviors, associates must accept the importance of the values to the organization’s and their personal success. To promote this level of understanding and commitment, leaders must be able to communicate the vision and values powerfully and passionately.

1. Show why the values are important.
Associates who understand how their organization’s values contribute to their and the organization’s success are more likely to be motivated by the values. For example, associates are more likely to commit to the value of developing organizational talent if they realize that keeping people’s skills up to date will benefit their own careers and give the organization a significant advantage over competitors.

a) Link the values to strategic objectives.
Explain the significance of the values by linking them to your organization’s strategic objectives. These objectives should include the vision and critical success factors-issues that affect an organization’s ability to compete in the marketplace. Whereas the vision gives a broad-brush view of the desired future, critical success factors focus on a few key areas that are important to achieving the vision and giving the organization a competitive advantage.

Like measures of physical health (blood pressure, cholesterol level, and percentage of body fat) that indicate how your body is functioning, critical success factors reveal how your organization is performing. Examples of critical success factors are customer retention, cycle time reduction, market expansion, and employee retention.
Give associates a powerful rationale for living the organization’s values by explaining how the values contribute to the critical success factors. The following table shows this link.
Value Critical Success Factor
Customer Service Increase the customer retention rate
Quality of Work Life Attract and retain high-caliber associates
Continuous Improvement Increase speed to market of products and services

b) Link the values to individual aspirations.
Not only do organizations have goals and objectives, but each associate has unique aspirations and interests. For associates to commit to the organization’s values and principles, they need to see how the vision and values will help support their beliefs and realize their personal aspirations. For example, if associates value honesty in their own actions, they will find it easy to commit to the value of integrity and will be honest with customers and coworkers. Also, associates who value self-improvement will easily commit to the value of continuous learning and welcome training opportunities.

Associates must feel that the organization’s vision and values resonate “with their own deepest feelings about what is right and worth doing” (Nanus, 1992). To gain this level of commitment, encourage associates to make their personal aspirations and beliefs specific. Then show the link to the organization’s vision and values.

2. Communicate powerfully.
What would have been Abraham Lincoln’s legacy without the Gettysburg Address? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s without his “I Have a Dream” speech? What made these talks memorable? The power of their communication.

Powerful communication enhances associates’ appreciation of and commitment to the vision and values of their organization. Your words and communication style should help associates understand the meaning and importance of the vision and values. Use the following guidelines to boost the power and impact of your written and oral communications.

a) Speak in a language associates understand.
When talking about the vision and values, use simple language and terminology that you can tailor to associates’ experiences. For example, if you’re explaining the importance of customer service to the information systems department, use a phrase like “customer interface.” However, “quality delivery” might ring truer with the shipping department. In addition, vary your descriptions of the vision and values to suit certain educational levels or geographic locations

b) Say it and say it again.
Communicating the vision and values is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Discussing the vision and values frequently with associates helps guide their daily actions and decisions. It also sends a consistent message: The vision and values are a way of work life, not just fads or clichés.

c) Use a variety of communications media.
There are many ways to communicate and explain the vision and values. Examples include:

Formal speeches.
Kickoff events and celebrations.
Informal conversations (one-on-one, with a group over lunch, etc.).
Posters and plaques.
Job aids (laminated cards).
Internal newsletters.
Marketing materials (brochures, advertisements, business cards, annual reports).
Bulletin boards (hanging or electronic).
Memoranda (paper or e-mail).
Videos.
CD-ROMs.
You can use a combination of these communication vehicles, depending on which ones are the most accessible and have the greatest impact.

d) Provide examples of living the values.
Slogans and symbols can be extremely effective ways of enhancing employees’ understanding of the vision and values. A major auto manufacturer’s popular slogan became a powerful rallying cry that focused on the commitment and efforts of its employees. Since the slogan’s debut, several of the manufacturer’s cars have been the best-selling cars in their class.
But by themselves, slogans and symbols can become empty promises that leave employees skeptical. Leaders must back up slogans and symbols with actions. One way is to recognize how the values are coming alive in the organization.

Instead of long essays in newsletters or posters praising the virtues of teamwork, publish stories and pictures showcasing teams’ successes. Show how living the values improved their bottom-line results.
Instead of giving everyone in the organization mugs and pins advertising the vision and values, make these items available to people who want to recognize a coworker’s efforts. The message thus changes from a gimmicky new program to an ongoing process that rewards living the values.
Instead of developing communications with a group of media experts, involve employees. For example, an employee group could write and produce your company’s newsletter.
Instead of filing customer compliments, publicize them. Help associates see how acting consistently with the values can enhance customer satisfaction.
Instead of recognizing associates with the usual “Employee of the Month” awards, name awards after the values and present them to people who exemplified them.

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Exercising Is Not Important

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 13, 2008

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They say it is but why? Who pays these people to tell us that good health and exercise are important? The health industry is a $500 billion dollar industry and growing. Think about it. You exercise and you exercise and what do you have to show for your results sore back, bad knees, messed up elbow. Then you go to doctors you make billions of dollars prescribing you drugs to make you feel better. Wait all those drugs have side effects. They can kill you, or cause heart damage of liver disease, etc, etc, etc. So then you go back for more pills and surgery. This is all done in the name of good health.

So is exercise and good health important? Doctors say it is. How do doctors make money? They need to treat sick people. If people did not get sick we would not need doctors. If people did not get hurt we would not need doctors. That would mean that we would not need drug companies or insurance companies. We would save so much money by not having gym memberships, dealing with doctors, insurance companies. That would then reduce or level of stress and we would live longer.

That sounds like a better deal to me then exercising. Just eat better reduce your stress and you will live longer. Some people may say I am crazy but it sure makes sense to me. We are to busy complicating life. We need to step back and realize that we are just animals that were put on this earth to procreate and eat. Why do we have to have a higher purpose then that?

Let’s discuss this more at 104health.com.

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You’re NOT losing any weight today, plain and simple!

Posted by 104Inc.com on August 20, 2008

OK, so you need to lose weight, but where do you start? Well, the key isn’t simple. It isn’t easy. But it is extremely effective! The solution: eat more…often that is. Let me put it to you like this. If you didn’t eat breakfast this morning, you’re not losing any weight today, plain and simple. Your body is a machine, and it’s time to put the pedal to the metal! You could put the cheapest gas in your car, and it will run, but it won’t nearly as smoothly as a higher-end, premium gasoline designed to clean your system, right? Same concept here. You need to modify your lifestyle and train your body.

Here’s what you do. Instead of eating 1-2 (or 3) big meals a day, break them down into 5-6 small meals, eating approximately every 2-3 hours. I know this sounds like a lot, and at first it may be difficult, but after no time you’ll be loving it! Look at the simple mechanics of it all. When you eat, your body digests the food, breaking it down. The speed in which it digests is dependent on how fast your metabolism is. The faster your metabolism, the quicker you digest, the less fat can sit and build up. So when you eat a big breakfast, your body begins breaking the food down, slowly building your metabolism for the day.

If you don’t eat for 8-10 hours, your metabolism has become stagnant, at a stand still, and will need time to rebuild speed; but if you eat every 2-3 hours, you don’t give your metabolism the chance to slow down, methodically building its speed.
Stay tuned for next week’s installment, when I discuss combining this metabo-speed technique with a low-carb diet. Until then, eat well, live well, and log on to 104Diet.com for all your diet needs!

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Stop Killing Yourself! Healthy Living is the Key to Longevity

Posted by 104Inc.com on August 14, 2008

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I found this fascinating quote today:

Why is the healthy living industry a multi billion dollar industry? The reason is that we all want to live longer and look good. The only problem is that we do not have the discipline to keep something going for longer then at most a month.104inc.com, It’s Simple. It’s 104Inc Approved, Aug 2008

You should read the whole article.

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Ohh, you’re on a Diet?

Posted by 104Inc.com on August 13, 2008

I found this fascinating quote today:

So there you are, sitting at home. Hungry. Starving in fact. You leave the house looking for something to eat, only to find nothing but fast-food restaurants and supposed non-fat frozen yogurt spots. So, what’s the problem? Ohh, you’re on a diet? Well, let me tell you a thing or two about the trials and tribulations of diets.104inc.com, It’s Simple. It’s 104Inc Approved, Aug 2008

You should read the whole article.

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