By Toby Moore
For Capital Region Independent Media
All of us have dreams that we would love to accomplish during our life. For some people, their dreams are merely fantasies and they do nothing to bring them to fruition; some take small steps but never fully commit; and then some transform their dreams into reality.
Many techniques in the positive thinking world can help you accomplish your goals, but let’s not pretend that hard work and sacrifice won’t be required. If you’re going to achieve a big goal, hard work and sacrifice will become a daily activity.
I believe in the power of positive thinking and if you’re optimistic, you’ll always get closer to your goals than if you’re pessimistic. I’ve also learned positivity alone will not bring you to the life you want; you’ll also need to work. You’ll need to put in the time, and you’ll need to burn the midnight oil; you’ll have to work harder than expected.
When you’re moving towards your goals, inevitably, obstacles will arise. You’ll find yourself working many hours doing things that seemingly have nothing to do with your goals. Still, if you approach every activity that crosses your path by doing the best you can, you’ll become a person of excellence, and a person of excellence will eventually get what they want.
One of my favorite speakers, Jim Rohn, said something profound: “ How hard should you work? As hard as you can. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. How high does a tree grow? As high as it can!”
Working as hard as you can requires motivation. Finding motivation requires a goal; you’ll have to know where you want to go with a clear, detailed plan on how to accomplish it.
I haven’t always accomplished my goals. I’ve failed a lot, but in doing so, I’ve found a pattern in my successes and failures.
When I have a clear goal written on a piece of paper and hanging on the wall in my bedroom, I almost always accomplish it.
I wake up in the morning, and before I walk out of my room, I read the goals, and I’m reminded of where I’m headed and how I will get there. Before I go to sleep, I read them. It’s easy to get sidetracked, and reminding yourself of your goals several times a day is necessary.
Norman Vincent Peale wrote his goals on a card and put them in his shirt pocket over his heart. He read them several times a day.
If you have a big goal, you’ll need to think about it several times a day. Empty your mind of negativity, believe with all your heart that you will turn your goal into reality. If you do this, you’ll find the desire inside of you to do whatever it takes. You’ll wake up early, you’ll stay up late, you’ll show up early, and you’ll be the last to leave. You’ll excel in every area of your life.
What if you don’t have the time?
So many of us think that if we have a full-time job, a family to take care of and other obligations, we don’t have enough time to accomplish our goals.
What if you only spend one hour a day working toward your goals? It may not seem like much, but if you commit yourself to one hour a day for an entire year, you’ll have spent 365 hours working on your dream! For some of us, that may be all that’s required.
Try it out. Write your goal down with a plan to accomplish it, read it several times a day, work hard even if it’s just for an hour a day, stay committed and see what happens. I’m betting you’ll like the results.
Toby Moore is a columnist, the star of Emmy-nominated “A Separate Peace,” and the CEO of Cubestream Inc.
By Mary Schoepe
For Capital Region Independent Media
We use our mouths for lots of things — talking, eating and, of course, kissing! But most of us don’t really consider how much our lips do throughout the day and how important they are, which also means we don’t think about taking care of them… until it’s too late.
And even though I thought I was doing everything right — drinking lots of water, using a dry scrub, applying lip balm throughout the day and making every effort not to lick my lips — I still had chapped lips!
And that’s when I decided to do some research.
According to dermatologist Dr. Melissa Piliang, “Lips are a special type of skin that is thin and delicate and requires a little extra TLC. Unlike other parts of your skin, your lips don’t contain oil glands, making them more susceptible to drying out and becoming cracked.”
Cheilitis, also known as chapped lips, is a common and uncomfortable issue for many people. Cold weather, the dry air courtesy of your furnace or woodstove, and lip licking are just some of the common causes of chapped lips.
However, my chapped lips were the result of something more alarming.
Sometimes my lips looked like I just had lip filler injected into them — all swollen and puffy. To my surprise, I found that I was allergic to the lanolin in the lip balm I used. Most dermatologists agree that applying natural ingredients with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties such as aloe vera, honey, coconut oil, cucumber and green tea will bring your lips back to normal.
Our lips are often the first causality of vitamin B deficiencies, especially if you notice cracking at the corners of your mouth when you smile. Of the eight different B vitamins, the most common deficiency is vitamin B12, which is responsible for keeping the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy. Men and women need at least 2.4 micro of B12 daily, however it’s best to check with your doctor first.
And according to the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging, one of the most important supplements you can take to keep your lips kissable is the mineral zinc. Zinc is vital for a healthy immune system and can be found in everything from meat and fish to legumes.
Found in everything from eggs and beef to plants or prescription medications, taking too much vitamin A may cause chapped lips. The recommended daily amount of vitamin A for men is 900 micrograms and 700 for women.
The Environmental Working Group warns against using lip balms containing harmful ingredients such as glycerin, parabens, camphor, menthol and phenol, which can be irritating and inflame your lips.
When it comes to lip care, the saying “prevention is better than the cure” shouldn’t be taken lightly. While restoring the health of your lips will take time, taking care of them should be a vital part of your health regimen.
After all, your lips define your beauty and your health.