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4 Important Lessons Tom Brady Can Teach You About Business And Life

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Tom Brady has broken multiple postseason records, including most Super Bowl appearances by a QB, most Super Bowl passing touchdowns and most completions, among other honors, like more postseason wins than 21 NFL franchises.

If there is one word to describe Tom Brady and all of his success, that word is ELITE!

Brady is arguably the greatest QB of the 21st century, and perhaps of all time. The success he has had is unparalleled by anyone we have seen in quite some time, and he still has gas left in the tank. That is what makes Tom Brady so special.

Brady’s first Super Bowl victory happened in 2001, after his second season taking the leading role in New England. Brady, Belichick and the cast have made a total of six Super Bowl appearances, winning four of them.

Although the duo of Brady and Belichick have been the faces of the Patriots organization during that time, their supporting cast has changed nearly every year. Somehow, they have been able to still produce and get their desired results.

This past decade and a half has made clear the Patriots can adapt to change and be a model of success for other organizations to follow. It’s pretty obvious their system works!

But, what can the success of these guys teach you? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here is what we all should learn from Tom Brady and the success of the Patriots’ organization:

Don’t be afraid of change.

Change will happen. What we decide to do with that change is up to us. We can approach it with resilience, or we can approach it with inflexibility. The choice is ours to make.

If we want to be a part of the group of laggards who think change is not for us, then we will constantly decide to be left behind. Being in last place is not a good feeling (for me, anyway).

If we don’t strive to be the best at what we do, we are doing a disservice to ourselves. Being the best requires persistence and adaptability. Make the necessary changes to continue to lead the pack.

Be willing to change your approach, but don’t change your goal.

Always keep the end goal in mind. No matter what, there will be ups and downs, and there will be times when giving up appears to be the best option.

You might want to tank and prepare for the next season or the next job or opportunity, but the key is to remember why you show up every day in the first place.

Whether it is to win the championship, climb the corporate ladder or be a steward of hope for others, you have something to work for. As cliché as it is to say, you cannot give up on your dreams.

We all have something to work for, and it means so much more when you earn it, despite the odds that may come up against you.

Know your team’s strengths and weaknesses.

At some point, every professional organization has performed some form of organizational analysis to understand where the company stands and the best ways to move forward.

This overview is the opportunity to develop strategic goals and implement a plan for the future.

By analyzing different aspects of your personal or professional life, you may find many things you need to work on, but you will also find your strengths and give yourself the foundation to build the right team around you.

The success of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots is a direct reflection of this type of analysis.

A thorough look at each aspect of the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) at the beginning, middle and end of each season will provide a picture of where you are, what can potentially harm you, how your competitors might be doing and the areas you need to work on to reach your desired outcome.

Trust the process. You won’t always be number one.

The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win. — Tom Brady

Each season brings new trials and tribulations, yet the Patriots endure and make it over the hump. You can do the same. You might not always have the biggest and best weapons, but if you can manage to effectively utilize what you have, you can ensure success will soon follow.

Here’s the question you might ask: What does this mean to you?

Sometimes, changes occur in our lives and we are pretty resistant to them. It’s often not that we are ill-prepared, but we have gotten too comfortable in our previous positions.

This transition stage becomes easier when we stop resisting what’s happening in our lives and accept the need to step into a new season. Change is often not the easiest thing to do, but if we want to grow, change is a must.

Don’t be afraid of this new season upon you. It must occur in order for you to see the results you are seeking. Don’t settle for complacency by saying things like, “I’m happy where I am now.” Your words are powerful.

The people who make these comments are often the ones I see complaining the most about their unhappiness. They want more, but they are unwilling to do more. If you aren’t changing, you probably aren’t growing. You cannot expect tomorrow’s results if you are only willing to put in yesterday’s effort.

The most common battle in life is between who you are and who you would like to be. The only thing that separates the two is your willingness to do whatever possible to connect the dots.

This is your opportunity to be the change you seek. You have the opportunity to be a champion, and you should not take that for granted. Tom Brady has made his choice. Will you make yours?

Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations. — Tom Brady

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#CleanEating: 8 Foodie Tips To Help You Become Your Healthiest Self

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Eating well doesn’t mean the same thing today as it did in years passed. We are constantly learning more about how our bodies react to different foods and what they require to work their best. All signs point to a natural, clean diet that’s rich in nutrients.

Along with exercise, an ideal diet not only fuels, but enhances your body. This may be common knowledge to some, but if you’ve already forgotten your New Year’s resolution to eat right and get fit this year, here are some ingredients to become a stronger, healthier you in 2015:

Protein And Fiber, And Lots Of It

Getting loads of protein and fiber in your diet can benefit your heart, weight and energy level. Lean, white meats, such as turkey and chicken, are great sources of protein and are lower in cholesterol than red meat is.

Try to grill these with a touch of olive oil instead of deep frying them. Fish, like salmon, are also chock full of nutrients, such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and good Omega-3 fats.

Alternatively, vegetarians and vegans can cook soy protein products, tofu or beans. Yogurt, milk or almond milk and eggs also get the job done.

Whole grains are high in fiber and antioxidants, and they reduce the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. This is unlike white bread or white rice, which are stripped of nutrients during the refining process.

Fruits like apples and pears and vegetables like Brussels sprouts and broccoli provide fiber without the added refined carbs.

Foodie Fresh: Cook It Yourself

Believe it or not, cooking for yourself offers benefits beyond giving you something to Instagram. For one thing, doing so allows you to know exactly what goes into your meal because you put it there.

You avoid many of the preservatives that go into pre-prepared frozen meals, like processed meat, which is full of sodium nitrates.

Cooking your own food also teaches you patience and moderation, as you take the time to gather and prepare the meal. This saves you from making that fast food run or going crazy on Seamless, and it’s not bad for your wallet, either.

Embrace Healthy Fats

It may not seem like it, but fats can be your friends. Unlike trans-fats, mono and polyunsaturated fats actually lower your cholesterol.

Good monounsaturated fats include olive oil, canola oil, nuts and peanut butter. Eat a handful of nuts a few times a week or throw them into some trail mix. Polyunsaturated fats include tofu, salmon, tuna and soy milk.

Meat can be high in saturated fat; try having salmon or mackerel instead of meat about twice a week. Replace a creamy salad dressing with some olive oil, or use less butter to enhance the richness of your meal.

Dairy products like cheese, milk, butter and yogurt contain saturated fat, so use them in small amounts, or use low or non-fat versions.The key is moderation.

Egg yolks are also a saturated fat, but they are full of nutrients and protein, so if you are making an omelet, use the egg whites of two eggs with a third whole egg to get those added benefits. You can also take cod liver fish oil supplements, which offer Omega-3s, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A.

A New Kind Of Snacking

For a healthy, good snack that isn’t processed or artificial, try dipping some organic veggies in hummus or having a sliced avocado, drizzled with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

If you’re craving something sweet, have some dates or figs or have a piece of fruit. Also, dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and contains a good amount of soluble fiber.

Or, make your own trail mix with almonds, walnuts, raisins and some granola. A bowl of edamame, sprinkled with salt, is high in fiber and protein.

The possibilities are endless. Whatever you decide, stay away from processed foods, high fructose corn syrup and artificial additives.

Juice It

You don’t need to spend hundreds on a ritzy juice cleanse to become a juice head. Simply use your blender or juicer, if you have one, to combine variations of fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to boost the amount of fruits and vegetables we get in a day and all the nutrients, minerals and antioxidants that come with them.

It’s important to note that juicers extract the juice from produce, leaving the pulp, which contains the dietary fiber, behind. Blenders include the pulp so you get more of the fiber that way. Y

ou can vary the type of juice, such as a green veggie juice, which would contain less sugar than a fruit juice, or you can make a protein drink by adding almond milk, yogurt, peanut butter or flaxseed.

You Are What You Drink

We often don’t pay as much attention to the health content of drinks as we do for food as if liquids are freebies because you don’t have to chew them. Sadly, this is not the case.

For example, there are more calories and fat in a Starbucks Grande Toffee Mocha Frap than there are in a McDonald’s cheeseburger. I’m definitely not lovin’ that. Skip these milkshakes disguised as coffee, along with sugary sports drinks and soda.

Artificial sweeteners and diet drinks are also not the answer. Some studies have shown that these sweeteners may increase your body’s craving for sweet foods, making you more likely to eat more sweets than you would have otherwise.

A bit of brown sugar or honey to sweeten your food or drink is better for you than chemical sweeteners. Replenish with a tall glass of H2O instead of the alternatives.

Increase your water intake by having foods that contain water, such as oatmeal, soup, certain fruits and veggies.

Lastly, we heart wine, partly because it’s good for your heart. Red wine has known properties that lower the risk of heart disease, and possibly prolong life. That’s something we can all get behind.

Try Fermentation

Fermentation is a process in which the enzymes in organic substances, such as yeasts, cheeses and vegetables, break down the compounds in these foods, turning them into more readily digestible compounds and nutrients.

Essentially, fermentation enhances the nutrients in your food and makes it easier to digest.

Many foods and drinks are the result of fermentation. Beer is brewed by fermenting grains and wine is a product of using yeast to turn fruit juice into alcohol.

Yogurt is made by the bacterial fermentation of milk, which is why you often see advertised that yogurt is “probiotic.” Sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles are also all made by fermentation. You can easily try fermenting at home with nothing more than some chopped up vegetables, a mason jar and sea salt.

Fermenting vegetables in salt water creates healthy bacteria that acts as a natural preservative, making your superfoods even more nutriciously powerful.

Do A Shot

Don’t get too excited, as we’re talking about a wheatgrass shot. But, actually, get excited again! Juice shots are an easy, natural way to get a boost of energy, vitamins and nutrients.

If you’re not feeling great, do a shot with ginger, lemon juice, carrots and garlic. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe body aches and pain, garlic and lemon boost your immune system and carrots are full of antioxidants.

Ginger also has energizing effects and can be mixed lemon, and cayenne pepper to detoxify and boost your metabolism.

The popular wheatgrass shot contains Vitamins C and E, along with antioxidants. Apple cider vinegar is antimicrobial and can kill harmful bacteria. It also may lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and can be taken as a shot or combined with water.

Aloe vera juice is also anti-inflammatory, can keep you regular and can boost your immune system. Make a routine of finishing dinner with a shot of this healthy goodness and you will be on your way to the new you!

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