A Quick Start Guide to Creating a Profitable Mastermind Group

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

A Quick Start Guide to Creating a Profitable Mastermind Group

Business growth can be accelerated with the use of a mastermind group. This group helps businesses to develop skills in handling all the rigors needed for success. It also helps develop interpersonal as well as intrapersonal skills. All these are achieved through education, brainstorming, support and peer accountability.

What Mastermind Groups Do

Members of this kind of group stimulate each other in setting, prioritizing, and achieving goals. All of these should be interrelated and geared towards one ultimate goal-that of the company’s success. This group has a vision to improve the business, in which everyone involved ultimately shares in the success.
– For the group to become effective, the following characteristics should be present:
– Confidentiality
– Commitment
– Supportive of each other
– Total honesty
– Compassion
– Respect for one another
– Willingness to share
– Creativeness
– Willingness for brainstorming

The main purpose of this group is to be a catalyst for change and growth. The group also acts as devil’s advocates to promote critical thinking, problem solving skills, and desire for growth. It also provides the needed support to achieve collective goals as well as individual ones.

How To Start A Mastermind Group

This group is crucial for the growth and success of any business. Follow these guidelines to ensure a high quality and effective group:

Right People

Choosing the right people is very critical to forming this group. Look for respectable people with admirable performance and reliability. Also, it is best to choose people who are successful in their respective areas.

Agenda

Developing a formal agenda is also very important. This will serve as a guide to ensure that each meeting is fruitful and no time is wasted.

Meeting Schedule And Structure

Meetings are when learning and new ideas are formed and shared. Decide on a regular meeting to keep everyone updated. For example, set meetings every first or last Thursday of each month. Each meeting lasts 60 minutes and each minute should be well spent and properly allotted to give everyone enough time to share their thoughts and ideas.

Logistics

Logistics include venue for meetings, meals and snacks to serve, equipment, handouts, and other materials needed for the meetings. These may seem like inconsequential matters, but they can influence the outcome of mastermind group meetings.

Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Why an NDA? This is necessary to assure everyone that meetings are safe and everyone can be trusted. It may take some time before members of the group develop trusting relationships. An NDA at the start of a meeting helps to foster free sharing of ideas and opinions as well as confidence.

Process Development

Developing a structure and process help to keep members in line. It also ensures professionalism and reliability in output. Things to consider in developing a process for mastermind groups include the following:

How Many People Should Be Allowed to Participate In The Group?

Keep membership limited. This way, meetings are long enough to allow each member to speak their mind and short enough to keep it from getting tedious and boring.

What Will Be The Roles Of Each Member?

In order to make each member feel important and useful, they should be given specific roles. For example, one member is designated as the timekeeper, another will be the treasurer, etc.

Mastermind groups can be effective only if they are given the proper venue and opportunity to help.

To Your Happiness and Success

Thomas Wallace

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Now That I Have To Eat Salads, Any Suggestions?

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Now That I Have To Eat Salads, Any Suggestions?

When people resolve to lose weight, they know snacks and junk foods will have to be eliminated and replaced with salads and fruit. In order to stay on such a dietetic resolution it is imperative that the meals be enjoyed.

Of course, it’s easy as pie to peel a banana or grab an apple and enjoy the delicious flavors of these and several other fruits without the hassle of preparation. However, everyone knows that we still need our vegetables as some nutrients which may be lacking in fruits are very much more present in these substances.

 

Moreover, when it comes to weight loss, as we detoxify with exercise and diet, it is imperative that the body is nourished and provided with as much essential substances as possible to maintain adequate health and wellness. These are abundant in green leaves and vegetables and in addition to this; these substances possess the fibrous qualities to serve as intestinal brooms for ridding the body of excess debris.

But how many people do you know that just grab plain lettuce or cabbage and chew on these items like rabbits? Even if you came across someone so inclined, I bet you they wouldn’t last long on such a practice. But still we need the vegetables. So how does one ensure to get them and enjoy them as we go on a weight loss diet?

Perhaps the tastiest and most creative way will be by eating salads.
Now, to enjoy them and to be able to have fun making them on your own for saving money and knowing exactly what is in your meal, here are some tips and recipes that should come in handy.

Ensure to chop the base vegetables all to the same size to allow the flavors to intermingle. When making for the whole family you can double the ingredients in the recipes and increase the vegetables.

Great choices for base vegetables for salads are Lettuce, Cabbage and Kale.
You can augment these with fruit vegetables like Cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes etc or root vegetables like carrots or plain celery.

For a dressing, you can use any choice of the following to enjoy your salads while you go on a diet for weight loss

1. Tom-Avo
-2 organic Roma or Hot House tomatoes
-2 big Avocadoes (pitted)
-2 tsp orange juice (freshly squeezed) 2 oz of water

Serving Suggestion: Chop some Red Cabbage say a cup or less finely and sprinkle into the soup
2. The Real Ranch Dressing:
-2 medium sized tomatoes
-2 young coconuts
-1/2 tsp of salt
-6 organic sun dried tomatoes
-I stalk of Celery
-1 tbs of lemon juice (optional)

Blend all and use as a dressing for a lettuce based salad. (Note: I recommend using one base leafy vegetable at a time, if desired a fruit veggie like cucumbers or organic bell peppers can be used along with shredded carrots)

3. Guacamole:
-2 avocadoes
-2 medium tomatoes
-1/2 orange
-Sea salt to taste
Process everything in your food processor.
I would say this can be an excellent first food for a child in the evenings. Serve in lettuce leaves or largely cut cabbage leaves a la Tortilla chips and dips.

4. Dress Down Dressing:
-1/2 lemon
-2-3 avocadoes
-Sea Salt to taste
-1/2 cup water

With the suggestions above, now that you may have to include more salads and vegetables into your diet for a safe and healthy weight loss, these delicious recipes will ensure that you not only enjoy how you make your meals but most importantly that they taste good. This way you can stay on your weight loss program and still not compromise tasty meals per-se.

Well, enjoy your salads and have fun working out later on.

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

 

P.S.  Please check out this comprehensive blog post on 127 Weight Loss Tips for a   Fit & Healthy Body.

What is MLM?

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

 

To Your Success and Happiness

Thomas Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Need Affiliate Marketing

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Too many accusations have been hurled against My Lead System Pro (MLSP), calling it a scam or a pyramid scheme. To settle things straight, once and for all, here is an honest review of MLSP.

MLSP, a company in the network marketing or affiliate marketing industry, was founded in 2008 by Norbert Orlewicz and Todd Schlomer. It operates on the system or principle it calls attraction marketing. MLSP called itself the rock star of the affiliate marketing industry, and it has lived up to the name.

How it Works

It works by training you to sell your own product, which you need before or soon after you start the program with MLSP. You can also earn passively, when you refer other people to the program. The training utilizes, among others, webinars and video presentations as your basic tools. You are also introduced to the more advanced tools for website building, social media management, sales funnel creation, and traffic attraction or generation.

The Pros

One of the biggest pros is that MLSP gives you a lot more information and training than the usual affiliate marketing company. There are free webinars every week to update members—a big plus considering that the landscape of internet marketing could change so quickly in just a matter of days. This keeps you updated and on your toes.

The MLSP’s program is also excellent in motivating its members. There are regular contests which are held to make sure the members always get a dose of healthy competition. Members who excel are also recognized through the ‘Member of the Month Award,’ to show that good work pays well.

MLSP’s support service is also excellent. Many affiliate networking companies will leave you out in the cold once they’ve taken your cash, but not MLSP. There are the usual customer service channels for communication which are always open, but you can also connect with other members if you need help.

The Cons

Of course, in the spirit of an honest review, the disadvantages must also be listed here. For instance, many people complain that the program is overpriced. The program could cost as much as $1,499.97 per year; but considering the training you are given, this is already a bargain.

There are also numerous accusations of MLSP being a scam, as mentioned earlier (and as will be elaborated on later). This could be discouraging not only for those thinking about joining, but for your future clientele as well.

The Verdict

Now, it must be clarified that MLSP is a legitimate means of making money through an affiliate marketing company. It is true that you have to recruit more people if you want a little incentive, but you can do just the same by selling more products—the key, then, is to strike a healthy balance between the two.

While the products could seem pricey, consider it to be a necessary investment in your future as an entrepreneur. Remember, it takes money to make money; and as far as investments go, this is already a no-brainer.

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

 

 

Exercise and Stress

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Exercise And Stress

man and woman stretchingEven though exercise may not be the most exciting word in your vocabulary, it sure is a word with a lot of benefits. Participating in daily work outs will not only make you healthier in general, but it can also diminish the effects of stress on your body as well.

Think about all the times you have heard someone say “the doctor says it’s stress related”. Normally people will laugh it off, concluding that doctors
say that when they don’t know the real answers or diagnosis. The truth of the matter is that too much stress will play a role in many diseases.

man and woman doing squats togetherTo help increase your immune system and decrease your stress level as well, try exercise, as movement is the key word here. Bending, stretching, reaching
and walking. There’s really no need to buy any expensive equipment either, as you can implement more movement into your daily routine and reap the benefits.

If you like aerobic exercise, you should grab a partner and have a blast with one of the basic aerobic videos. Or, you can simply go out for a walk and enjoy spending time together. As you may have heard, walking really is the best overall exercise you can do for your health. As long as you have a pair of walking shoes, you’ll be fine.

woman stretching before working out.As you go through your daily activities, make it a point to walk a little farther, bend down and pick something up without using a pick up stick
or moving the item towards you with your foot. While you are sitting, you should also do some simple and quick stretches for your neck and shoulders.

If you enjoy sitting around watching television, you should consider buying a jogging board. These padded boards will make running, jumping, or walking in place less stressful on your knees and joints. They are easy to store as well and also very portable.

In many people’s opinions, jogging boards are the best pieces of equipment you can buy. They are also far cheaper than bulky treadmills and stationary bikes.

woman walking with her dogThere are several different exercises that you can do to help you eliminate the stress in your life. Walking is by far the best, as you can easily lose yourself and your troubles by walking. Even if it is just around the block, walking can do wonders for your health as well as stress.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to consider a gym. Working out then sitting in the sauna is also a good way to relieve tension. If your gym has a pool, you may find swimming to be very beneficial as well, as it helps you to relax.

Hope This Helps

Thomas Wallace

 

 

Doing What Matters When It Matters

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Doing What Matters When It Matters

Doing what matters is so important that it literally determines if you’ll succeed or just spin your wheels and go nowhere. The world is full of people who are always finishing projectsbusy and doing things that’s supposed to take them places… but they have no results to show for it.
It always seems like they’re not going anywhere but they can’t wait to get there. The reason for this is that they mistake activity for work. For example, if you want to lose weight, what really matters is that you workout and watch your calories.
Reading a ton of nutrition books, spending hours on YouTube picking up diet tips and joining a gym will not make you lose weight. What really matters is the training and what you’re eating.
That’s really all it is… and so many people don’t get it. They overwhelm themselves with too much information without taking the right action. The 5 tips below will tell you exactly what you need to do to actually succeed.

Three Tasks A Day

Don’t make a list of 275 things to get done. That’s enough to overwhelm anyone. Start with just 3 tasks… and it must be 3 important tasks. If you’re trying to lose finish what you started!weight, the 3 tasks might be a 20 minute stamina workout, intermittent fasting for that day and sleeping early so that you get sufficient rest.
All you need to do is do these 3 tasks. That’s it. If you did them over and over, you will reach your weight loss goal.
Don’t give yourself too much work such as studying blood type diets, seeing if the Jupiter is in alignment with Mars so that your chakras will be activated during your yoga session, etc.
All levity aside… focus on just 3 important tasks a day.

Doing Just Enough To Be A Little Uncomfortable

You must be challenged in order to grow. If you’re trying to build a business online, that may mean writing 2,000 words of content a day. Once you get used to creating this much content with ease, you may wish to push yourself a little and aim for 2,500 words.
You want to be making gradual progress. Over time, you’ll be amazed at how it all adds up.
The same applies to your fitness. If you can only run for 10 minutes on the treadmill, that’s ok. With each workout, try and increase the duration by 20 seconds. The difference will be a little uncomfortable but it won’t be so bad that it scares you. Make measurable progress in reasonable time.

Do The Most Difficult Task First

It’s human nature to do everything else but the most difficult task. You might decide to rearrange your desk or sort out your folders in your computer when accomplished filewhat you really need to do is analyze the statistics in your advertising account.
The mind tries to escape the difficult tasks. Your job is to do them first. Forget everything else and just do the most difficult task at once. Focus on that. Once that is complete, it’ll be a weight off your chest and the rest of the lesser tasks will be completed with ease.

Activity And Work Are Two Different Things

As mentioned earlier, you must know the difference. Streamline your life so that you’re only doing what matters. Do not do unnecessary stuff. Eliminate all the trivial jobs that don’t contribute to your progress.
Then you’ll have more time to do what matters.

Know When To Take A Break

Music is the space between the notes. Take short breaks every time you feel a got it donelittle tired. This will keep you focused and more energetic to complete the important stuff. That’s really all there is to it.
“Don’t tell me how busy you are. Show me what you’ve gotten done. Words don’t matter. Results do.” – Larry Winget

 

 

 

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

Exercise And Sleeping Better

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Exercise And Sleeping Better

People running together.The amount of physical exercise that you exert during the day is one of the key ingredients to helping you get a good sleep at night. The more active your
body is during the day, the more likely you are to relax at night and fall asleep faster.

With regular exercise you’ll notice that your qualityof sleep is improved and the transition between the cycles and phases of sleep will become smoother and
more regular. By keeping up your physical activity during the day, you may find it easier to deal with the stress and worries of your life.

Research Shows…………..

Person walking in the woods.Research and studies indicate that there is a direct correlation between how much we exercise and how we feel afterwards.

You should try and increase your physical activity during the day. The goal here is to give your body enough stimulation during the day so that you aren’t
full of energy at night.

Your body requires a certain amount of physical  activity in order to keep functioning in a healthy manner. It is also important to note that you should
not be exercising three or four hours before you go to bed.

When is the Ideal Time to Exercise?

The ideal exercise time is in the late afternoon or early evening. You want to make sure you expend your physical energy long before it is time for
your body to rest and ready itself for sleep.

Person swimming lapsYou should attempt to exercise at least three or four times a week for a period of 30 minutes or so. You can include walking or something simple. If
you prefer, you can include strenuous activities such as running as well.

The goal here is to increase your heart rate and strengthen the capacity of your lungs. By adding a regular exercise activity to your daily schedule will help you to improve your overall health and help you emotionally as well.

What Type of Exercise Should I Do?

Man and Women riding indoor spin bikesAlong with running and walking there are several other physical activities that you can add to your daily life to increase your level of physical
activity. If you are battling not sleeping, you’ll find aerobic exercise to be the best.

Your goal with exercise is to increase the amount of oxygen that reaches your blood stream. Overall, there are many types of aerobic exercise for you
to choose from. The activities include running, biking, using a treadmill, dancing, and jumping rope.

There are some non aerobic exercises that you may find beneficial to help you solve your sleeping and possibly short term memory problem.

Yoga

Yoga is an exercise that has a stimulating effect
woman doing yogaon your nervous system, especially the brain. Yoga utilizes breathing techniques and yoga postures to increase the blood circulation to the brain, promoting
regular and restful sleeping patterns. The regular practice of yoga will help you to relax as well as relieve tension and stress.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient art of breathing and movement that was developed by the Chinese monks. The movements involved are slow and precise, which is
ideal if you have joint pains or you are unable to participate in high aerobic exercises. Research has shown that Tai Chi can help with insomnia by
promoting relaxation.

Chalk board with the words If you discover that you don’t have any time to exercise on a regular basis, you should try to sneak moments of activity into your schedule.
Whenever possible, you should take the stairs instead of the elevator, as little things like that will do wonders for your body.

You should also park your car around the corner and walk that extra block or two to get to your destination. As you may know, there are many small things you can add to increase the activity in your life. Your overall goal here is to have a
healthy and well balanced life – with plenty of sleep.

Hope You Sleep Better!

Thomas Wallace

 

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Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

What is the stress in your life? Are you having trouble coping? You might need help in managing your stress, but want to avoid medications. Here are some natural things you can do to help manage your stress.

1. Meditate

Meditation may help reduce stress, and it does not involve any medication. One Woman meditating at her deskof the nice things about meditation is the “me time” you get while practicing it. The meditation itself helps focus the mind and relax the body. There are various types of meditation.

Qigong is a form of Chinese meditation that emphasizes the “qi” – your life force or life energy. With calm, focused breathing you are said to achieve a peaceful mental state. Another technique is to repeat a mantra, a key phrase that you can say over and over to bring a sense of calm and peace.

One helpful form of meditation for chronic stress sufferers is “mindful meditation.” In this sort of meditation, you learn how to live in the present and focus on the now. This may help with chronic stressors that are long term, and that may seem overwhelming.

2. Stretching

Stretching is said to ease the tension out of the body. Combining stretching with meditation, as in Qigong and Yoga, can be especially beneficial, as both mind and body are targeted. Stretching helps relax tight muscles and realign the joints. You might consider Yoga or a martial arts class – being with other people and getting out may help relieve your stress, too.

3. Exercise

Stress is said to result in toxin build-up in your body, perhaps because of how it affects circulation and digestion. Exercise gets you blood moving, which aids couple exercising at the parktoxin elimination. Exercise also strengthens muscles and moves the joints. All of this can help “work out” your stress, and minimize stress-related weight gain.

4. Herbal teas

Herbal teas are generally inexpensive and widely available. You can sip them throughout the day, at key points during the day, and before going to bed. Chamomile tea can be helpful, as can lemon balm or catnip tea. If you like, look for a tea made from a blend of relaxing herbs in your local grocery or health food store.

5. Eat well

Good nutrition is essential for dealing with stress. Vitamin C, magnesium, eat well and live well - pictures of fruits and veggiescalcium, potassium, and Vitamin D are especially important in helping the body handle stress. Studies show that Vitamin C helps boost the immune system, and magnesium is important in muscle relaxation and nerve function. Calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D are vital for bone health and muscle function.

Consider taking a good-quality vitamin supplement, but also eat as many vitamin-rich foods as possible. Emphasize fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Happy New Year and Get Rid of That STRESS!

Thomas Wallace

Use Your Blog To Help People – Part Three

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Use Your Blog To Help People – Part Three

Since I’m sure you’ve read the first two parts of this series, you already know we’re talking about how your blog should be about free stuff, training, information, you helping the reader in some way, etc, etc, etc,

You also know they’re four factors to a great training blog. The 4 factors to consider for an effective MLM blog site: focus, material, traffic, and updates.

We’ve covered the first two: focus and material so today let’s talk about the last two:  traffic and updates:

GETTING PEOPLE TO YOUR WEBSITE;  (TRAFFIC)
Let me give you some advice.  Which I learned the hard way……..Never advertise for team members. It is a major waste of money, time and energy. Usually it brings you untrained and unqualified prospects, who will take up your time and then quit within a couple of days because they haven’t made a million dollars in that short time. Use your training articles to recruit outstanding team mates.

Place them on web article sites, (Google, 25 top web article sites). The articles will be picked up by the search engines (Google, etc.). When interested people are motivated enough to search the web for MLM training and information, come across your blog and or your articles and click the links to your site, you have a new, quality, lead that really didn’t cost you anything. Take a look at some articles about using web articles to establish traffic…..

UPDATING:
The search engines only pay attention to websites that keep growing with new information. It is really, really important that those search engines (SEO) continue to look at  your MLM blog to keep your latest articles spreading across the web.  To do this, you must keep adding fresh content to your blog at least once or twice a week.   You will get pretty good at this so don’t worry about it! Just go for it!

Finally, the keys to building and maintaining an effective MLM blog are those great free training articles that consistently appear on your blog site and through out the web. If you can be really patient and keep working on your blog you will see your empire grow before your eyes!  YOU CAN DO THIS!

Happy New Year!

Thomas Wallace

 

 

 

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Healthy Stress vs. Unhealthy Stress

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

Healthy Stress vs. Unhealthy Stress

The phrase “healthy stress” may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s actually a reality. Stress is inescapable; everyone feels some stress at some points throughout their Controlling stresslives. Our bodies are therefore equipped to handle certain types and amounts of stress. We can even benefit from it.

So what is the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress? What makes stress healthy? Here are some things to think about regarding stress and its role in your health.

Healthy Stress  (Eustress)

The Great Motivator

Without stress, not very much would get done. Stress is what drives you to teach your kids proper behavior, to earn money, and to pay your bills on time. It is what keeps you on your toes in a football game or when catching your tumbling toddler. A certain amount of stress about traffic accidents motivates you to drive safely.

Reaction Time

Did you feel stress when that person cut you off in traffic? The stress response was partially responsible for your quick pressure on the brakes! Stress can motivate us into quick, sometimes life-saving action. In the case of an emergency, one of your stress hormones – adrenaline – kicks in, and prompts you to act quickly and sometimes with remarkable strength.

Endorphins

Endorphins are the “feel good” neurotransmitters. When the body is stressed or types of stress in pain, its natural pain relievers are released in the form of endorphins. Exercise is a healthy way to bring this kind of endorphin-releasing stress onto your body. While you should not exercise to the point of unbearable pain, it’s okay to “feel the burn” and push yourself a little. Massage therapy and acupuncture can also stimulate the release of endorphins.

Other Health Benefits

Experts are finding anti-tumor activity in people who undergo healthy stress, indicating that healthy stress stimulates the immune system.

Unhealthy Stress (Distress)

Constant

The unhealthy type of stress is constant. You do not return to a normal energy level after it has passed. Unhealthy stress can take the form of constant worry, depression, and exhaustion. It can cause weight gain as well due to the release of cortisol, the “stress hormone.”

Immunity

Continual stress weakens the immune system. That can leave you more susceptible to everyday illnesses and more serious problems such as cancer. (As a cancer survivor my doctor and I both believe this was the main contributing factor in my diagnosis!)

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

People who are chronically stressed usually worry about common, everyday things over which they have no control. These are the kinds of things that are REDUCE STRESS written on notebook papernot going to go away, such as paying bills, keeping the house clean, and so forth. Once one set of worries is tackled, another set comes along. Accepting these annoyances as part of life can go a long way in helping you cope with unhealthy stress.

Have A Great New Year!

Thomas Wallace