Invest In Your Personal Development

Invest in Your Personal Development This New Year


Where do you want to be at the end of next year?  What are your goals for success in work and life?  Achieving your goals starts with investing in your personal development.  You can’t reach your goals if you don’t develop yourself and your abilities.


According to psychologists, personal development is the process of defining your goals and how to achieve them.


Personal development includes:


•What is Important to You

•What You Want to Achieve

•Your Strengths

•What You Need to Improve or Develop


Individual goals vary from person to person.  One person may want to achieve business success while another may hope to accomplish something completely different, like having a better relationship with their partner or finding a way to afford college for their child.


Even though people’s goals aren’t the same, the process of personal development follows the same pattern and requires the same dedication.  Using this new year to invest in your personal development can help you reach any goal you chose.


What is Important to You


Before you decide what you want to achieve, you need to understand what’s important to you personally.  Right now, do you value money, traveling, relationships, or health?  Your goals can change throughout life, but what you value today helps you define areas for personal development.


Changing your life begins with small steps.  You will find it hard to change everything about your entire life all at once.  Personal development helps you determine what area you want to focus on this year.


What You Want to Achieve


Now that you’ve determined what’s important to you, it’s time to set goals.  To be effective, goals must be specific, measurable, and obtainable.  “By the end of the year, I want to earn more money” isn’t very specific or measurable.


You might get a cost of living raise next year.  Is that the level of improvement you were hoping to achieve?  If not, set a more specific goal like a percentage or dollar amount.  Be sure to make your goal obtainable, too.  You need to decide if it’s possible to double your salary, for example, or if you need a more modest goal next year.


Your Strengths


The next step in personal improvement is to determine what your strengths are and how you can use them to achieve your goals.  By looking at what’s important to you and setting goals, you can match your strengths to your plan for achievement.  You may already possess many of the skills and abilities you need to reach your goals.  This step helps to improve your self-esteem and self-confidence by reminding you that you can carry out your plan and move forward.


What You Need to Improve or Develop


Once you’ve determined your strengths, you will also know what you need to improve.  You may have the skills to complete an intricate protect but need to develop the patience and time management skills to follow through to the end.


Even if you want to eat healthier, you may need to improve your knowledge of which foods are better for you.  Knowing what you need to improve or develop gives you guidelines for what to focus on in your personal development with year.


Taking these steps to personal improvement will help you grow.  It also helps to categorize your goals into areas for improvement based on what is important to you.


When you are considering what to focus on this new year, think about these areas for personal development.


oProfessional Goals


If you plan to focus on your professional growth this year, your personal development may include several professional goals.   Consider which of these goals will help you obtain success and decide if you need to improve or develop the skills required to achieve them.

Build Your Professional Relationships and Network

Improve Your Time Management Skills

Find New Challenges that Showcase Your Strengths

Develop a Growth Mindset

Develop Your Professional Skills Through Workshops and Classes

Learn How to Motivate Others


oLifestyle Goals


Your goals may be more focused on your personal life and happiness this year.  A change to your lifestyle may mean you need to improve or develop the skills required to achieve success throughout your life.


Improve your Health

Strengthen Personal Relationships

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Avoiding Chronic Inflammation With A High Fat And Protein Diet

Inflammation occurs naturally as part of the body’s immune response. It jumpstarts the healing process by flooding an injury with healing antigens. Antigens and fluids may also become concentrated within the body’s tissues to carry away irritants or foreign bodies (bacteria and viruses). The presence of inflammation does not always indicate the presence of infection.


When inflammation becomes chronic, persistent, and ongoing, it becomes a concern. Chronic Inflammation In one area of the body can trigger the inflammation in other parts of the body. For example, a sinus infection can lead to an ear infection while the immune system is compromised which may eventually affect the lungs.


In some cases, a low-grade irritant trapped in the tissues, can cause ongoing inflammation and lead to chronic inflammation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a good example; the disease causes inflammation in the intestines when certain foods passing through the digestive tract cause irritation.


This ongoing irritation if not addressed causes chronic inflammation. Chronic Inflammation has been linked to the development of heart disease, cancer and the development of other systemic diseases.


The Connection Of High Fat And High Protein Diets To Inflammation


A high fat and high protein diet leaves the body vulnerable to chronic inflammation. Protein provides the body with the building blocks of healthy tissues, amino acids. Fat provides the body with energy. Protein can also provide the body with energy but must be converted to glucose by the liver and kidneys. Ketones enter the bloodstream when fat is burned for energy when glucose is not readily available.


High levels of ketones are toxic to the body. Some tissues cannot use the ketones and require glucose; if there is not enough protein available, the body scavenges protein from muscles to convert into glucose. Basically, the body needs carbohydrates to ensure metabolic balance.


Low-carb diets not only negatively affect ready energy sources, they also limit the body’s access to nutrients and antioxidants, which prevent and repair oxidative damage. Fiber is also more challenging to acquire while following a low carb diet. A low carb dieter may only consume 2 to 7 grams of fiber per day, which is well below the recommended 25 to 30 grams.


A low carb dieter’s body is forced to draw on its emergency survival mechanisms. This causes a great deal of stress and irritation within the body which can lead to chronic inflammation, because the body is not using the most effective tools to carry out daily functions and repairs. The use of ketones for energy can lead to a toxic state called ketosis. The side effects of ketosis include bad breath, debilitating fatigue, constipation, brain fuzziness, and headaches.


Avoiding Chronic Inflammation


In order to prevent chronic inflammation, low carb dieters must be selective in their carbohydrate intake. To make the weight loss or desired fitness gains without provoking an immune response, they need to focus on eating carbohydrates with maximum nutrient and fiber density. Examples of low carb fruits and vegetables meeting these criteria include:




•Brussel sprouts









Other superfoods, which supply much-needed antioxidants, are green tea, whey protein, and coffee. Choose colorful and fiber rich fruits and vegetables. They provide the best antioxidant returns for a limited carbohydrate diet.


Dehydration also affects low carb dieter’s more frequently and severely; it contributes to constipation and low energy. The body is also not able to dispose of waste as effectively when dehydrated. Fruits and vegetables have significant water content.


They supplement any water or other fluids used to keep the body hydrated. Solid food supplies about 20% of the body’s water requirement. Low carb dieters need to pay special attention to keeping hydrated to aid their digestion and overall metabolism and prevent chronic inflammation.


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The Down Side to Weight Loss

I know it may be hard to think of but  I found a down side to weight loss. My wife and I were in our 50s and fat and we knew it was just a matter of time before the side effects of age and fat got the best of us. We decided to try a low carb diet, the keto diet to be specific because everyone was praising the benefits of it.


The weight started to drop fast at first and we were really happy with the results. We were so happy that we got certified to be weight loss coaches. We also learned that after a few months your weight loss efforts start to stand still. Even as we stuck to the diet very strict we were at a stand still.


I know weight Weight loss is hard and there is no such thing as a magic pill to help. I think this is why so many people just give up on their efforts. I took what I learned at weight management school and added short 1 minute exercises that gets your body burning fat.


These exercises are called HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. You do 1 minute exercises and then rest. At first the exercises look easy but let me tell you they work. I started to feel the difference after the first week. You start out slow for the first week and then as the weeks progress you add more intense 1 minute exercises. This really burns belly fat and only takes less than 5 minutes a day.


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All this weight loss led my Wife to dig out her old clothes she hasn’t worn in years. She rooted through the closet and picked out a few outfits and tried them on. They fit like a glove and everything was going great until she said well now that I fit into my new clothes I need new jewelry.


It gets worse.

She found this site that sells $5 jewelry and I thought why not just let her buy a few pieces to make her happy. the next thing I knew she was watching facebook live jewelry shows and buying “bling” every week. It made her feel good about herself which for a long time she was down because of her weight.


I was really happy she was finally coming out of her shell and wanting to go out more often.Then I did a dumb thing and opened my big mouth. I said dear if your going to buy all this jewelry why not just join the company and sell it. I didn’t think she would take me serious because I know her passion is cooking,but a few days later she asked for my credit card so she could join.


She was really excited about this new business she was going into and I couldn,‘t believe she was passionate about something besides cooking. I came home one night and she was all excited about her new kit arriving in the mail. Now every week she is ordering bling in fact so much that we have more bling  than a Rap Star. Now she is wanting to do facebook live events and buy even more jewelry.


So please every one help me and buy some of this jewelry so I can have my Mancave back, yes she took over my mancave with all of her jewelry. She said if I build her a jewelry room I can have my Man Cave back, so please everyone help me get my Man Cave back. Visit her website and buy some of this Bling so I can build a Bling room and get my Man Cave back.

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Thanks for reading

Mark & Sherry Whitney


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