Tuesday, November 11, 2014

13 Ways Successful People Stay Productive and In Control: Impossible to Have Health Without Self Control and These Habits.

Don't  'cheat'- it's not worth it!
Who, doing a GAPS diet (www.gaps.me)and lifestyle low in chemical exposure doesn't      need a lot of focus and energy to keep on track? You may become aware that you have an "addiction" to sugar, or to rice, or to corn chips, or to artificial sweeteners, or to wine or other alcoholic beverages! It is a tug of war between impulse and self control. First, recognize if you are have having trouble with self- control. Recognizing this struggle is the first step to conquering it. Maybe we can find some tips on improving self control from the personal habits of successful people. 

Dr. Travis Bradberry TalentSmart, whose interest is in business performance, has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact).

The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track.

Unfortunately, self-control is a difficult skill to rely on. Read his whole article on  13 ways successful people stay productive and in control. If you apply these actions, you will find changing your lifestyle to a "cleaner", low inflammation lifestyle a whole lot easier. Here is an excerpt (my bolds):

  They Meditate

Meditation actually trains your brain to become a self-control machine. Even simple techniques like mindfulness, which involves taking as little as five minutes a day to focus on nothing more than your breathing and your senses, improves your self-awareness and your brain’s ability to resist destructive impulses.(Some people pray as meditation) Give it a try.

They Ride the Wave

Desire and distraction have the tendency to ebb and flow like the tide. When the impulse you need to control is strong, waiting out this wave of desire is usually enough to keep yourself in control. When you feel as if you must give in, the rule of thumb here is to wait at least 10 minutes before succumbing to temptation. You'll often find that the great wave of desire is now little more than a ripple that you have the power to step right over.

They Squash Negative Self-Talk

A big final step in exercising self-control involves stopping negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just that—thoughts, not facts. When you find yourself believing the negative and pessimistic things your inner voice says, it's time to stop and write them down. Literally stop what you're doing and write down what you're thinking. Once you've taken a moment to slow down the negative momentum of your thoughts, you will be more rational and clear-headed in evaluating their veracity.

You can bet that your statements aren’t true any time you use words like “never,” “worst,” “ever,” etc. If your statements still look like facts once they're on paper, take them to a friend or colleague you trust and see if he or she agrees with you. Then the truth will surely come out. When it feels like something always or never happens, this is just your brain’s natural threat tendency inflating the perceived frequency or severity of an event. Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts by separating them from the facts will help you escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive new outlook.

Putting These Strategies to Work

The important thing to remember is you have to give these strategies the opportunity to work. This means recognizing the moments where you are struggling with self-control and, rather than giving in to impulse, taking a look at these strategies and giving them a go before you give in.


Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book,Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests, emotional intelligence training, and emotional intelligence certification, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

First recognize issues with self control and try on the 13 ways you can improve on it. 
The second step is to always have your reason "why" you are buying back 20 healthy years. ( Celiac and gluten sensitive persons have a 400% increased risk of dying before age 65, especially if you were  born in North America, and that equates to 20 less years life expectancy, and an average of 14 years of chronic illness in your last years.) Undiagnosed and improperly treated gluten sensitivity is a public health issue. (a quote from Dr. Joseph Murray, Mayo Clinic). More on this in another issue. 

PS If you don't know if gluten is affecting your health, or if you suspect, and you want to know, I recommend doing a minimally expensive test, the genetic test from www.enterolab.com. It's a convenient and fast way to cut through the confusion of diagnosis without changing the diet, or the pitfalls of elimination diet for one month (Even trying 100%, one gets exposure to gluten because no one can learn all the sources of gluten in one month of trying an elimination diet, I couldn't!) or the blood tests (50% accurate) or the biopsy (probably only 30% accurate).

To Your Health
Dr. Barbara