Major Mental Disorder

Though sounds weird but acnes can very much be the cause of depression and mental disorder. Acne Dysmorphia has little to do with skin trouble but more to take the shape of a mental disease. An unnecessary thought that your skin is bad and dull will make you feel low and thereby you will develop the complexity that you are suffering from skin disease. You will constantly remain obsessed about your skin even if there is no sign of acne on it.

A psycho problem

Acne Dysmorphia is predominantly a psychological problem. But how can it happen to someone who is not suffering from acnes anyway? To derive a logical answer is quite difficult but it has been found out that those typically suffering from this mental disorder at some point of the lifetime had suffered acutely from acnes.

The pain and fear of the suffering somehow had affected the subconscious mind and in the long run the person gradually loses faith on the fact that he or she has been cured. The pangs of sufferings repeatedly provoke the person that acnes are still there on the skin and giving an ugly shape to it. This develops a negative personality and the person becomes very irritated at small things. Losing confidence in such a situation is a common plight.

Obsessed with negative beliefs

Acne Dysmorphia will repeatedly make you feel insignificant and worthless because your skin is dark, dull and full of scars. You may consider it very funny but the patients of acne dysmorphia will never take the initiative to visit the doctor and find out what the real trouble is. This clearly indicates that the patients are actually aware that there is no acne on the body and it is their mere belief that they love to tame. Hence the problem is nothing else but a psychological disease.

Positive thinking is must

The major problem in treating these patients is that they will not try to think in a straightforward and positive manner. On one hand they will create their own world where they will love to feel that they are suffering from acnes. On the other they will never agree to the fact they the problem is not physical but very much psychological.

These patients can be cured through psychological counseling and cognitive therapies to change behavioral pattern. If you have someone like this at home, immediately rush to a psychiatrist or a psychological counselor instead of a dermatologist.

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Live In This Moment

We must release our past, to truly live abundantly in the present moment. The past is gone, now is all that matters. True happiness and inner peace resides in this moment, right now.

We must learn to accept this universal truth, now is all there ever is. Nothing else exist, besides from this present moment. When you spend your time thinking about the past or the future, you are in a fantasy land. Your fantasies of the past may seem very real, our mind is quite powerful. Through the power of our mind, we can make the past feel very real, however it is not real.

When you can allow yourself to be present in any given moment, you have the potential to experience deep inner peace. You have the power to experience an abundance of joy, love and total inner peace and fulfillment.

If you are constantly thinking about the past, you will continue to experience the same scenarios over and over again. Whatever you think about, you bring about. You will naturally create, in your life, whatever your consistent dominant thoughts are. You continue to recreate situations similar to what you created in the past when you keep your thoughts focused on the past.

Every moment that you spend in your head thinking about the past or possible futures, you are missing what is happening in your life, at the present moment. Most people miss the majority of their life, because they were not present in many of the moments in their life. Rather they were spending time regretting the past or wishing things were the way they used to be. Or they were fantasizing about a potential future, wishing that their current situation was something different. The future is not real and will not be real, until it becomes the present moment.

I have heard people say that all we have is our memories. I believe that to be a false statement. This present moment, right now, is all we have. Now is all that matters. Every time we get too caught up in our memories, good or bad, we are missing this present moment. Every moment lost can never be recaptured.

To truly live abundantly in the present moment it is necessary to start being grateful and appreciating every moment. In every single moment of your life focus on feeling gratitude. Be present, put all of your focus on the sights, smells and feelings that are right in front of you and within you at every moment.

You will notice your whole world change, when you continue to practice being present on a consistent basis. When you are present the whole world around you becomes more alive. Colors become brighter, food tastes better, intimacy feels more intense, feelings become stronger, everything is more alive, because you are more alive. The only way to feel truly alive is to be completely present. This is what happens to great athletes, artists, musicians and performers. They all experience a heightened experience with all of their senses, because they are completely, one hundred percent, focused on their present task in the present moment.

Experience every moment of your life with a feeling of gratitude. Say in your head or out loud, “Thank you for this moment”, many times throughout your day. Another great quote from the movie ‘The Peaceful Warrior’, that I would also encourage you to say often, is “Now is all there is, I am this moment”. You are this moment, now, enjoy it and live fully and graciously. Remember, now is called the present, because it is a gift. Be grateful for your present.

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Low Carb Cooking

Interested in trying your hand at the ever-popular low carb diets? Want to get started but aren’t sure if this is really what you wanted to do? You can always try making some low carb dishes for a couple of weeks to see if it’s a diet you think you can stick to. On a low-carb diet, you eat fewer carbohydrates in your diet. If you’re borderline diabetic (or full-fledged diabetic), then a low-carb diet can help you keep your blood sugar levels stabilized, and it also helps you lose weight in the process. Breakfast choices for people on a low carb diet are limitless. You can no longer fill up on sugary foods filled with empty calories; this will send your body into a tailspin. In the end eating sugary foods will make the body hungrier and make you eat more. Some alternative breakfast options for you to try instead consist of low-carb muffins, low-carb cold cereals and hot flax cereal. Even eggs are an option! You can also go to There are many recipes for low carb muffins and cold cereals like Special K now have specially marked boxes for their low carb varieties. Potatoes are not a good choice for those on low carb diets. You may think it’s an odd choice but trying mashed cauliflower has been a hit for many people on this diet. You can prepare the cauliflower much in the same way you would traditional mashed potatoes. So you don’t have to give up those comfort foods entirely you can be on a low carb diet and still have your cake and eat it too. There are many low carb versions of your favorite sweeties and goodies, just look around and you are sure to find something that appeal to your sweet tooth! Brown rice is a great source of nutrition; you get way fewer carbs by eating it over white rice. Brown rice is a more health conscious choice going out to eat can be an aunting situation to those who are on low carb diets. If the menu doesn’t offer any low carb options, simply stick with foods high in protein and load up on those. It is important for you to know the difference between good carbs and bad carbs Low carb diet plans are a great way to lose weight, just take care not to go overboard. You still need to have a certain amount of carbs in your diets. You cannot cut out all carbs, this is not good for your health.

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What Is Healthy To Eat For Breakfast

Everywhere you look everyone is talking about the newest diet sensation, the newest diet pills and the miracles they will perform. It all comes down really to having a healthy diet. When you watch your portions and what you eat and increase your exercise most of the time you will lose weight.

Now I know some people do have slower metabolism and may need a jump start losing weight.

Have you called your doctor to discuss your options before you jump on the latest bandwagon of diet sensations? Your doctor knows your health situation better than the peddlers of diet pills. Make an appointment with your doctor so you can discuss with him or her how much weight you need to lose, be sure you are healthy enough to start a diet, and plan a healthy diet alternative to diet pills.

Many of the benefits of having a healthy diet:

* You feel healthier*Lowers your Cholesterol
* More energy
* Be able to handle stress better
* Be able to fall asleep faster

So how do you go about starting a healthy diet? No need to worry about purchasing a diet plan or specialized foods. No need to count carbs or calories or fat grams! All you have to do is go back to the basics. So what are the basics of a healthy diet?

* Eat more fruits and vegetables and I don’t mean from out of a can either. You need to eat raw fruits and vegetables in order to gain from the nutrients they offer.

* Cut out as much sugar consumption as possible. This is going to be a hard one to get use to but it’s worth it, if you were to actually write down how much sugar enters your body each day you would be astonished.

* Drink at least 8 glasses of fluids a day. They used to say at least 8 glasses of water a day, but now that means items like Crystal light, 100% fruit juices, coffee (yes it includes coffee but remember to that this is black coffee no sugar or creamer), herbal teas etc.

* Eat smaller meals throughout the day. The best is 6 small meals a day. You have your regular breakfast, lunch and dinner now add 3 small snacks a day. Like an apple with peanut butter for protein and a glass of water or tea.

* For a filling snack have a fruit smoothie. Blend a 8 ounce glass of 1% or skim milk with your favorite fruit, some ice and a scoop of Whey protein mix and blend.

* Have finger foods already made up for those snack attacks. For instance have celery already cut up, a bowl filled with your favorite fresh fruit. This way when you get the munchies its easier to grab something that is already prepared instead of hunting through the cupboards and running into a temptation.

* Temptation? Ok we all are going to want to eat that chocolate chip cookie or fudge brownie. Once in a while is ok, but you will need to increase your exercise routine for that day. Better yet if you are serious about losing weight with a healthy diet, go through all your cupboards and box up all your temptations and donate them to a local food bank. This way not only are you helping yourself but someone else in the process.

This is a simple list of steps you can go through to get started on your way to losing weight with a healthy diet. I challenge you to get out a piece of paper and write down all the foods you eat this week. Write down what you add to your meals, for example: Coffee-how much sugar in each cup? How much creamer? Remember you have to add those into your diet factor. You will be amazed at how much extras you can cut out and still have a tasteful meal. Then go through your cupboards and get rid of the temptations. Write down your favorite fruits and vegetables, look for new recipes to try out, stop frying your foods, and go to the store with your new shopping list. As with any diet” eating healthy takes time to learn.

Don’t get discouraged if you fall off the plan, just get back on and keep plugging away. Soon it will be second nature to you. Have a healthy day.

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Guide To Healthy Eating

Of course, you also need to do some kind of workout, in addition to following some healthy eating guides. First things first though. In addressing the above issues, you will want to look at ways you can alter your food diet; I am not speaking of going on a diet, instead I am talking of shifting your food focus to fresh vegetable consumption, fruits or fruit smoothies, and starting the day with a decent breakfast.

Breakfast is Important to Metabolism

If you skip breakfast, you fail to kickstart your metabolism. Studies show that people who miss breakfast consume more calories throughout the day. So while your breakfast does not have to be a big event, loaded with calories, it is worthwhile to have something so you can get that “kickstart”.

You agree that this is helpful? Okay, then I should explain that there are psychological tricks you can play on yourself, to avoid calories.

Don’t believe me? Here’s an example: have a drink of water that’s spiced up with a slice of lemon, and a fresh sprig of mint. Whatever you prefer, taste-wise. This is good tasting, and water helps fill you up.

So, you see the trick? It’s a bit of magic – by having a premium drink of water (bottled or filtered water) four times a day, you help “fill” yourself up; you thereby avoid some extra calories.

Moving On: Vegetables

Is it necessary to utilize fresh vegetables? Well, if you can only fit in one fresh vegetable to your diet, it would be useful to make it broccoli. Why is this? Since broccoli is not only loaded with calcium but also with Vitamin C, this is an advantage as Vitamin C boosts calcium absorption. And this is vital because studies link calcium and weight loss!

Thus, it is a good superfood to eat. I suggest, also, that you read up on superfoods. And begin to employ green drinks, and other healthful drinks, into your diet. There are the green powders, such as Barleans – which are so good for you.
You can pull out your blender (or invest in one), so that you can begin to make healthful fruit smoothies from fresh fruit, and/or create green drinks from scratch. Or you can even buy a fruit smoothies recipe book to inspire you.

Premium Yogurt is a Superfood

Don’t forget about yogurt; I am talking about using good yogurt, loaded with calcium and probiotics, into your shake or smoothie each week. Because low fat yogurt is a rich source of weight-loss friendly calcium, it can truly benefit you. If you don’t believe me, go read a book or read others’ comments about it in weight loss forums.

How Important is Fruit?

There was a study done by State University of Rio de Janeiro. It compared 2 sets of women on a reduced calorie diet; it showed that the set of ladies who consumed pears and apples with the diet lost more weight. So, it’s probably safe to assume that apples and pears will help you out. They will make you healthier, anyway.

So I think you might want to plan for these fresh fruit inclusions. And you could switch off between making your own fruit drinks on certain days, and having apples or fruit salads on other days. What do you think you should do? Give it some thought, consult some recipe books, and design a menu plan using the healthy eating guide I have provided.

Write it out; I suggest getting two log books – one will contain your menu plan, and can have room for notes. The other log book should be a daytimer with a record of your progress and important happenings (days you ate less, got sick, or went off your regular diet); by including a log of when you break your diet, you can begin to see your patterns – like going off your diet because a certain friend dropped by unexpectedly – then you can analyze the patterns, and decide if you will cut that bad habit out.

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Mental Wellness

At some point in life everyone could use the assistance of a professional counsellor and mental health counseling services can be very effective in helping with a wide range of issues from severe mental illness to simple guidance counseling. The Clinic For Emotional Wellness is experienced in treating a wide range of mental health concerns by providing mental health counseling services. If you are struggling and feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of your life and modern society, the mental health counseling services offered by The Clinic For Emotional Wellness are effective in helping you get back on track to a normal healthy happy life.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. Through mental health counseling services; when that time comes you can help those you care about be more prepared to face the challenge. Approximately 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime, if you are part of that 20% you owe it to yourself to seek mental health counseling services. Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels and cultures; The Clinic For Emotional Wellness is capable of treating most types of psychological illnesses and provides mental health counseling services for every individual. Depression is the most commonly seen affliction seen in mental health counseling services with around 8% of adults experiencing a major depression at some point in their lives.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Fortunately most mental health disorders are treatable. Mental health counseling services can help diagnose illnesses, so that effective treatment can begin immediately. Mental health counseling services treat psychological issues as serious as suicidal urges, which accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds. However if properly treated suicidal thoughts and tendencies can be overcome and with mental health counseling services, individuals suffering from suicidal urges can go on to lead normal happy productive lives.

Mental illness can get worse if not treated quickly by a qualified expert, almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem even though effective mental health counseling services exist. The great news about mental health counseling services is that once depression is recognized, treatment can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular lives.

Emotional or mental health is a serious and often neglected issue. Many who are suffering from mental illnesses are not even aware they have a serious medical condition and they struggle through life without getting the help and support they need through mental health counseling services.

Don’t waste another minute suffering with a mental health disorder. Have yourself or a loved one take advantage of the mental health counseling services offered by The Clinic For Emotional Wellness.

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Healthy Foods To Eat To Lose Weight

How many times have you heard that a healthy lifestyle and weight loss go together that it gets sickening already? Unfortunately, you are never going to hear the end of it because even experts and studies have proven that a healthy lifestyle and weight loss indeed go together.

The problem with obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest problems in the American society. People are blaming it on several contributing factors like technology, the popularity of fast foods and junk foods, and the lack of enthusiasm from people to participate in physical activities in the form of exercising or sports. There are also other factors that contribute to obesity, such as biological and genetic ones.

What happens next?

Failing to see the importance of a healthy lifestyle and weight loss can lead to further complications for the person who is already obese or nearing obese. Keep in mind that in weight gain, there are a lot of strings attached in the form of health complications. These health complications can range from minor to dangerous ones like heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, heart attack, stroke, and even death.

Set your goals

It is difficult to travel the path leading to weight loss and healthy lifestyle success, but with enough enthusiasm, commitment, and discipline in your part, you can be sure to achieve your weight loss goals. These goals are your stepping stones to help you to in gradually changing your lifestyle so you can live a longer and healthier life.

Health matters

Even when it comes to weight loss, you still need to be able to ensure that your body is still in tiptop shape. This means that you need to keep yourself healthy. Weight loss and healthy lifestyle success rates depend on your overall health. If you are willing to change your lifestyle into a healthy one, then you are on your way to a healthily losing your weight in a slow and steady fashion.

Healthy living starts at home

Weight loss and healthy lifestyle starts at home, specifically in your kitchen. Load up on healthier choices for food in your fridge. Learn how to make healthy food choices by learning a little about counting calories, the food pyramid, and how much weight you need to lose.

What type of diet?

Never rely on quick-fix diets that usually involve starvation, fasting, and too much food restrictions. Remember that your body needs to be properly nourished by the foods that you are eating even if you are lessening your food intake. Furthermore, those kinds of diets usually provide only short-term weight loss and are not good for long-term or for maintenance purposes.

What to eat

To promote weight loss and healthy lifestyle for yourself, make sure that you are eating 5 to 6 meals a day that is low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals to keep you going throughout the day. As much as possible, avoid foods that are rich in sugars, processed foods, and junk food.

Fresh and simple choices

Make sure you have easy accessible fresh and healthy foods on your table that you can snack on anytime you want to. Fruits and vegetables are always the best choices, but you can also try some homemade fruit or vegetable shakes. Just make sure to use non-fat or low-fat milk and/or yogurt for a dose of calcium and vitamin D.

Keep moving

Regular exercise and an increase in physical activity are also contributing factors for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. If exercising on treadmills and doing crunches do not appeal to you, there are other ways that you can do physical activity.

Ways to keep moving

Running, climbing the stairs, walking, walking the dog, playing your favorite sports, and jogging are just some of the many other ways that you can exercise. Start with 20 minutes a day and then gradually increase the number of minutes as you are getting used to the exercise.

Check with your doctor

If you have already decided that a healthy lifestyle is the way to go so you can lose weight, then schedule a trip to your physician so your health and overall physical condition can be evaluated. Remember that there are certain foods and exercises that are suitable for different kinds of people especially if they are already diagnosed with a particular disease.

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Mental Health Work

Though much attention to health focuses on preventing illness, there is far more evidence suggesting your mental health may play just as big a role in your physical well being. By taking the time to nurture your mind as well as your body, you can create a balanced life. Your mental health is not something that can be neglected until it is having numerous problems; your sanity deserves just as much attention as the rest of you.

Here are a few natural remedies for helping your mental health now and in the future.

Diet and Lifestyle Changes

The more science and psychology delve into the mind, the more we see that the brain is a piece of human machinery. This is to say that the brain is affected by the habits we have, just as much as our body is. Since the brain requires certain nutrients and blood flow in order to process information quickly and efficiently, we need to understand how to provide the proper nutrition and activity.

Eating right allows your body to function as it normally should. When your body has the right nutrients, it will be able to interpret and to send information from the brain to other areas. The nerve tissues will be able to receive the proper information and they will be able to respond accordingly. When you aren’t eating a balance diet, your nerves cannot function properly, thus your brain may receive improper messages, affecting your mental health.

In the same way, exercise allows you to ensure that the blood in your body is moving as it should, delivering nutrients and oxygen to the right areas. When you add thirty minutes of activity to your day, you can significantly reduce the possibility of depression and anxiety – according to recent research.

Quitting smoking and other drugs can also benefit your mental health. Even if they seem like they are helping to calm you, these drugs are breaking your body down, making it more susceptible to mental disorders.

Natural Supplements

Of course, if there were a pill for better mental health, we would all be taking it. But since this magical pill doesn’t seem to exist yet, there are several natural substances that seem to help certain patients.

  • Saint John’s Wort – This herb has been used in Europe for decades as a mood booster. While science is having a hard time backing these claims up, the long term study of these users is enough to suggest its effectiveness.
  • Fish oils – Some studies have also indicated that adding fish oils and fish oil supplements to the diet can help with ADHD, OCD, and other mental disorders.

Meditation and Journaling

When you have mental health troubles like anxiety and depression, many therapists will tell you to find out the cause and to work on ways to distract yourself from feeling the pain or the anxiety. But how can you do this naturally? Meditation is an effective way to quiet your mind if you find your thoughts racing and causing you problems in your everyday life. By simply sitting down quietly for ten minutes a day, trying to block out all thought, you can significantly reduce your mental health issues.

Or if you’re not interested in meditation, keeping a daily journal of your worries can help to ease your mental health stress. You don’t have to write for hours, but you can simply write down things that anger or upset you, leaving them in your journal instead of in your head.

Your mental health is an important part of how your body responds to the germs and the illnesses around you. By taking the time to keep your stress levels at bay and your body in balance, you will create a healthier and happier life for yourself.

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Quotes On Life

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Living Life Single

Flying halfway around the world to someplace I’d never been before was quite an adventure. A different culture, a different alphabet, foreign cuisine, unknown sights and sounds awaited me. Having an adventure is so fun, I thought. Why don’t we bring more of that explorer spirit of curiosity with us in our daily life? What would our life be like if we treated all of it as one big adventure, and not just leave that sense of wonder and excitement to the few weeks of the year when we may travel to some new destination? When set off for a travel adventure of some kind, it strikes me that there are some basic strategies that we naturally adopt. We don’t always use these strategies in how we approach our daily life, however.

Set a course and get prepared first: you need to decide where you want to go. Planning a trip or adventure requires you to consciously choose your destination. Once you’ve decided where you want to go, you get prepared. You figure out how to get there, what kind of currency and immunizations you’ll need, what kind of clothing you need to bring.

Create an itinerary once the destination has been selected: most of us will come up with at least a rough game plan or itinerary. What do you want to see and experience? How long will you want to stay there? Even if it’s a rough idea, an itinerary provides the starting point and a rough structure for the adventure.

Pack along our curiosity: an important ingredient of any adventure is a strong sense of curiosity. As you set off for parts unknown, you become an explorer, setting off to find out something new and wondrous. You don’t know what that experience will be like and permit yourself to relish that state of “not knowing.”

It’s not personal when you travel, you just know that unexpected things are bound to happen. The hotel you booked is a dive. The only day you have to visit that world-famous museum is the one day of the year it’s closed. Unexpected glitches are inevitable but you don’t take them personally. You surrender to the unexpected and simply give yourself leeway to make on-the-spot changes in your plans. You go with the flow. It’s easy to simply chalk it up to experience and know that you’ve got another good adventure story yarn to share with your friends back home.

The contrast in our daily life: Yet how we handle our day-to-day lives is often quite different. Many of us don’t have a clear plan or itinerary for where we want to go. True enough, at some points we set goals for ourselves like “get married,” “lose 15 pounds,” “get a promotion.” Yet somehow we lose our thread, not giving our plans the kind of persistent and consistent action needed to realize the results we want. In terms of preparation, we leave ourselves ill-informed or under-resourced to tackle the plans we do have. The driving force in life may be inertia, rather than inspiration.

And what happened to that sense of curiosity? Instead of feeling like an explorer, we at times start to feel jaded or “worn down by life.” Instead of surrendering to what happens, we tend to cling to what we know from our past experience, fearful of what the future might bring. We take things that happen to us very personally — the fact that your child is starting to flunk science must mean that you’re a bad parent; the fact that you and your spouse had yet another fight about your mother-in- law must mean your marriage is on the rocks.

An invitation to adventure: It’s a season of rejuvenation and renewal, so why not make the choice to live with that sense of curiosity and discovery? A standoff with your rebellious teenager could be seen as a new village you have not seen before. A failed relationship becomes an opportunity to explore a new part of the jungle you did not see on the map you’d been using. As spring has now sprung, I invite all of you to bring some of that adventurous spirit of discovery into your daily life.

Become the explorer of your life: Ready to bring a new sense of adventure into your life? Try out these activities to connect with your fearless explorer!

1. Remember a time when you had a real “adventure” – it could be a vacation somewhere, or an unexpected experience you had. How did it make you feel? Take 5-10 minutes to reflect on that experience and write a very evocative description of it. What were the three strongest feelings you had during and after that adventure?

2. If you want to live with that explorer’s sense of curiosity, create a motto or a mantra for yourself to capture that commitment or find an image that conveys that sense of adventure to you. Your motto could be “I love the adventure of my life” or “I’m a fearless explorer that can tackle any challenge.” Or perhaps there’s a picture of a world-class sailor cresting a massive wave that inspires you. Post your motto or image up so you’ll see it often to remind you that you’re living your life as an adventure!

3. Check your life itinerary – do you have one? Have you got a clear picture of where you want to go with your life? Take some quiet time to yourself to review the major areas of your life – personal health; family; career; relationship; finances; spiritual; community; creative expression. Set one exciting goal for yourself for each area and a deadline for achieving it.

4. Identify what resources you already have to help you with that goal, such as your educational background, your life experience, people you know that could help you. Then identify what resources you might need to find. For example, do you need to find a course, read a book, find a support group or coach? This week, take one concrete step towards achieving your goal in at least two major areas of your life.

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