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Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 10:22:15 EST
Subject: Essays on Excellence # 447
Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

The holiday season is upon on us and for some it will be a stressfull time where expectations will not be met and levels of disappointment will be high.  One way to keep yourself energised is the "remember the reason for the season."  Make this year a joyful and exciting one by focusing all of your energies on support and service to others.  Look for opportunities to smile and lift someone up.  Empower your three energies of physical, emotional and mental.  Giving thanks for what you have is very important.

We are on our way to Phoenix early tomorrow so the edition for tomorrow may go out late tonight and Saturday's night in the evening after we return.

Our blessings to each of you receiving these newsletters.  You are important to us and as we move into the new year set your goals and place the bar high.  Give yourself many things to shoot for and help others do the same.

Increase Your Three Different Types of Energy
By Brian Tracy

Most successful people can be characterized as having very high levels of energy. Since energy is the fuel with which everything is achieved, there seems to be a direct relationship between energy levels and levels of accomplishment. It is hard to imagine a tired, burned-out person achieving much in life. On the other hand, energetic, positive, forward-moving individuals seem to get and enjoy far more of the things life has to offer than does the average person.

Physical Energy Is Basic
We have been led to believe that there is basically one kind of energy. We supposedly replenish this energy by sleeping at night, and during the day, we use it up again. It is as though we are machines powered by batteries, and each night we recharge our batteries for seven or eight hours. However, there are some problems with this view of energy. The biggest problem is that it does not deal with the fact that there are actually three different kinds of energy, each of which is necessary for maximum performance.

The three main forms are physical energy, emotional energy, and mental energy. Each of these energies is different, but they are interrelated, and they depend on each other.

The Sweat of Your Brow
Physical energy is raw energy, coarse energy, bulk energy, what we call “meat-and-potatoes” energy. Your physical energy is what you use to do physical labor. It is the primary energy applied by men and women who earn their livings by the sweat of their brow.

The Source of Enthusiasm
The second form of energy is emotional energy. This is the energy of enthusiasm and excitement. This is the energy that lends sparkle to the life of an individual. This is the energy that is necessary for feeling love, happiness, and joy. Largely, it is your emotional energy that makes life enjoyable for you. In fact, almost everything you say and do is determined in some way by an emotion, either positive or negative.

The Requirement for Creativity
Mental energy is the energy of creativity, of problem solving and decision making. You use mental energy to make sales, write reports and proposals, plan your day and your week, and learn new subjects. Your level of mental energy is a major determinant of the quality of your life.

Conserve Your Best Energies
The reason why most people fail to realize their potential in life and work is because they burn up their energy at the emotional level, or the physical level; therefore, they have very little energy left over for mental activities. Most people burn up their emotional energy through the _expression of negative emotions. Negative emotions are like a fire that burns up their energy so quickly that they have very little left with which to think positively and constructively. In fact, one five-minute uncontrolled outburst of anger can burn up as much energy as an average person would use in eight hours of work.

Your job is to think continually about how you can stay calm and positive, and work smoothly and efficient, so you can have more mental energy to do the things that are most important to you in life.

Action Exercises
Here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, take time to identify the different ways that you either use up or deplete your levels of physical, emotional and mental energy. How could you improve in each area?

Second, be sure to get plenty of healthful, nutritious food so you can keep your physical energy at high levels. This is the key to all other energies.

Third, look for ways to conserve your emotional energies by being more relaxed and optimistic in the face of daily problems and disappointments.

The more energy you have, the happier and more productive you will be.

A Day of Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise to God On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charleston, Massachusetts, instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 a day of thanksgiving--our nation's first. The proclamation reads: "The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favor, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being persuaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and souls as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ." Thanksgiving has moved dates throughout the years, but the proclamation holds true today. Every Sunday we join together in the Body of Christ to offer praise and worship to our Lord; on Thanksgiving Day we are afforded a day to reflect as a family the blessings we have and to renew our covenant with our Savior.

Each of us is called into service. Some of us are called to Washington, D.C., to serve in a variety of ways--as lawmakers, as policy analysts, and even as presidents of organizations. Others of us are called to serve in our local communities in crisis pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, and as leaders in our church community. Each of us in our own vocations is holding true that this nation is a nation of God. While we have had great victories this year and much to be thankful for, we still have enormous work to do in protecting marriage and protecting the unborn, as well as in a host of other issues. But this Thursday, celebrate all that we as a nation have been blessed with and all that we have been called to do in service to our Lord.

The family of Family Research Council wishes you and your family a joyous Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Negativity
by Pamela Jenkins

I heard about Bill several months before I actually met him. He was a
hot topic of conversation in the doctor's office where I took treatments
for rheumatoid arthritis. The nurses were afraid of him, and the other
RA patients tried to avoid his company. This wasn't easy to do, as the
treatments lasted about three hours. Like it or not, once a patient was
settled in a chair and potent medication in the IV drip bag was flowing,
there wasn't a lot of options.

Usually I was able to share a small room with other patients during the
visit. The nurses, office manager and doctors were in and out of our
room during the course of the treatment. There was a friendly atmosphere
of laughter and conversation. Some patients were nervous about being
pricked with the needle, so this helped to relax them. Coffee and
cookies were offered, and friendships were made. We all had a common
bond. We hurt and ached, and we were seeking relief from the pain.

My first clue that all was not well in the office came when a flustered
young nurse stopped outside the door to my room and asked a male nurse to
please take over one of her patients. She just couldn't go back to
Bill's room again. I couldn't help but overhear the whispered request,
and it piqued my interest. Who was Bill?

Some of the other patients had already met Bill, and they were rather
relieved to have another room to sit in separate from his. "He's quite
an old curmudgeon," one said to me. Another replied, "He made our nurse
cry. He was rude to her." There were rumors that instead of coffee, he
would ask for a shot of bourbon. When one nurse told him she was going
to give him an injection, he growled, "Well, I'll drop my pants and moon
you, but only if you'll moon me back."

Bill's medication did not seem to be giving him the relief from pain that
was expected. This may have attributed to his grumpiness. He was quick
to tell other patients, especially the new ones, that the treatments were
worthless and they shouldn't waste their money. He liked to remind them
of the side effects, scaring one young women almost into canceling her
dose. While the other patients tried to reassure her, our nurse
murmured, "I just don't know what we're going to do about Mr.

When the morning came that I finally met the infamous Bill, I was
surprised. I was expecting someone rough and intimidating. What I saw
was a frail man who walked with careful, shuffling steps. He was dressed
well, and his silver hair was neatly combed. He stopped and stared at me
before sitting down in the vacant chair next to mine. I braced myself
for the assault I was sure to come.

"Hello, I'm Bill. How are you doing today?" he asked politely. "You
takin' this stuff, too? I'll bet by tonight you'll be the best dancer at
the ball. Doesn't seem to help me much, though." At this point one of
the nurses stepped forward and began to prepare Bill for his injection.
He sighed deeply, and I realized that the medical staff was running
interference for the rest of us, keeping Bill from bothering the patients
around him.

I made up my mind then to spend a little time getting to know Bill. A
chronic illness can make a person feel isolated and alone. I could tell
he was lonely, and was probably depressed about his lack of progress with
the medication. I had been in that position myself a few times over the
years, and I understand firsthand how frustrating it could be. It was
probably hard for someone like Bill to start a conversation with those
around him when the primary thing on his mind was his health.

It didn't take much effort to change the subject from our aches and pains
to our other interests. Before long, Bill and I were talking about our
jobs, families, church activities and life in general. As Bill began to
open up, I noticed other patients listening. He became more animated,
and his blue eyes sparkled. One of the nurses pulled up an office chair
and sat mesmerized by the tales of his younger days. The office manager
stopped and laughed at the idea of Bill pulling off pranks as a child.
The other patients were smiling, too. Our morning was definitely looking

At the end of my doctor's visit, with the IV removed and the Band-Aid in
place, I was ready to leave for the day. I turned to Bill and said,
"It's been very nice to meet you, Bill. I've enjoyed visiting with you

Bill smiled in return, and thanked me for spending a little time with a
grumpy old man. Then he added, "And you know, I think I'm going to feel
a lot better this time around."

I believe I will, too, Bill. In fact, I feel better already.

Mail Order Millions

By Brian Tracy

How and why people start and build successful mail order businesses.

You can start off very inexpensively in mail order. It's a business that you can run from your home with limited investment and low risk. One woman built a very successful mail order business by running a small ad called 101 Ways to Serve Hamburger. She put together a small booklet, 100 pages, of different ways that you could prepare hamburger for families that were short of finances. And she sold thousands and thousands of those booklets through the mail.

Study the business very carefully before getting into it, but remember that more and more Americans are buying things through mail order, either through articles and ads in magazines, newspapers, and publications, or through catalogs mailed directly to the home. Mail order is something that you can get into, but again, study every detail of the business before you begin.

There are many different approaches to starting in the mail order business. There are also many companies that will sell you small products that you can offer and sell through mail order. You can place an ad, get responses from the ad and then order the products for fulfillment.

There are many magazines that have ads in the back of the magazine for mail order products. These products are usually small, inexpensive and useful around the home, shop or garden.

When evaluating a mail order product for yourself, use yourself as your best guide or consumer report. Ask yourself, “Do I like and enjoy this product enough to want to buy it at the price I am asking for it and use it myself in my home or work?”

With regard to pricing, a mail order product should have a mark-up of five times or ten times over your cost. This seems like a lot but it is very easy to go broke on a mark-up of only 200% or 300%. This is simply not enough to pay for all the time and investment necessary to buy the product, package it, send it out, get paid for it, and repeat the cycle. With regard to payment, you should only sell mail order products upon receipt of the moneys in the form of credit cards, cash or checks. In the case of checks, you should always make sure that the checks cash and clear before you send the product. Otherwise, it will be impossible for you to ever get your money or the product back again.

One final point. Be very cautious and careful in getting into any mail order business. Experiment on a small scale with a limited investment of time and a larger investment of personal energy. Be prepared to put in long, hard hours to get started. There is no such thing as something for nothing in starting your own business enterprise.

Now, here are two things you can do immediately if you are interested in exploring the opportunities offered by mail order marketing:

First, do your homework. Get the magazines that tell about mail order marketing and read the books that are available at the bookstores. The pay-off from educating yourself in advance can be enormous.

Second, once you get started, never stop testing and experimenting with different ads and different publications. The key to successful mail order is contained in three words, “Test, Test, Test.”

We have just started several new associates on the pathway of independence and freedom through ownership of their own businesses.  If you haven't gotten your business started yet, I hope you will make that one of your goals for 2005 and the time to start is now.  It is an exciting learning process and if you have questions or would like some help, please contact me.  We want everyone joyfull and FREE!

William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation
PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989
951-301-0605  Phone
951-301-0606  FAX

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