The Speed of Trust

I am reading The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey & I highly recommend it!  I really didn’t know the scope of the problem until reading this book.  Did you know that a Gallop study was published last year that showed that only 29% of people are engaged (giving their best) at work, 54% are not engaged (doing only the least required), and 17% are knowingly disengaged (they are there to collect a pay cheque only).  As I learned through reading this book, there is a definite cost to this, and not just pennies, but studies have shown that the economics of disengagement can cost as much as $250 Billion to one Trillion dollars!

Trust and engagement are mutually enforcing since increased trust will lead to increased engagement.  But the reverse is equally true – decreased trust leads to decreased engagement.

There is good news here though!  Trust can be learned, extended to others, and restored.  So in other words, you can “behave” your way to being trustworthy should that be an issue.  The number one driver of engagement is a direct relationship of trust with your manager and then with the company.  And trust is the number one competency of leadership needed in today’s world.

Trust is important in any and all relationships.  Please get this book & study it because it can change your life, but don’t take my word for it.  See for yourself!

Blessings,  Donelle

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What was the greatest gift you’ve ever received?

Here we are at Christmas, now just passed with all the holiday sales going on.

One of the things about Christmas is sharing the “good news”. In doing so we also share gifts to celebrate the joy. Hopefully loved ones have given thought about the person – you – and what it is you would really like to have. It would mean that they stopped, listened with their heart & not just their ears when you spoke. And then somehow touched your heart strings with a gift carefully chosen for you.

Tell me your story about your greatest gift received.

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate. And I wish all of you a very happy, healthy & prosperous New Year!


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Why Use Full Spectrum Lighting?

No life can exist without natural sunshine. Each spring we feel the joy and energy that longer sun filled days bring. All of nature wakes up to the added benefit of more and more natural light.

When daylight enters our eyes, it reaches the pineal gland (also known as the seat of the soul or the third eye) and activates our endocrine system, which is connected to our immune and nervous systems. The pineal gland reduces the production of the hormone, melatonin from 100% in the night to 10% during the day. The balance of melatonin has been proven to be a crucial element in several health related studies, and has been linked to estrogen production, and many cancer related diseases. Malillumination (not enough sun light) can prohibit proper secretion of melatonin.  Stimulating proper production of melatonin from the pineal glad is vital to good health. So light, of a proper type and intensity, can be considered a nutrient.

At the beginning of the 20th century over 70% of North Americans worked outdoors benefiting from exposure to essential natural sun light.  Our world today finds many of us indoors, spending more and more time under incandescent or fluorescent lights, which are missing that part of the sun’s spectrum, which is critical in triggering proper melatonin secretion.

It is estimated that over 38 million North Americans feel the effects of malillumination which causes poor work conditions that can result in less energy and productivity.

There is convincing research that poor lighting environments can produce increased depression and even result in more severe cases called S.A.D. or “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” This problem increases more and more as the winter months bring shorter and shorter days. Malillmination also affects millions more in the form of the “Winter Blues”.

Since 1978 researchers and scientists throughout the world have documented the successful use of full spectrum light therapy as a significant antidepressant. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, 12/8/93, full spectrum light therapy should be regarded as the treatment of choice for people with S.A.D. It is also endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health.


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Full Spectrum Lighting Helps Relieve Stress in the Workplace

For at least eight hours a day every week, most of us work under lights we would never consider putting in our homes. Headaches, eyestrain, and foggy thinking are symptoms most commonly linked to stress or fatigue.  However, they may actually be the result of fluorescent light bulbs, which are still used in 99% of offices.  This is in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence that fluorescent lighting is harmful to people’s health.

A recent steel case Workplace Survey showed the need for change with over half of the workers surveyed stating that poor lighting in the workplace triggers tired or watery eyes, and another third of office workers stating they suffer headaches from poor lighting.

Years of research has led to the understanding that people depend on full spectrum light, which is the full range of rays from ultraviolet to infrared, with rainbow colors violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red in between for optimal health. While full spectrum light is available in abundance in the form of sunlight, the fact is that most of us work indoors thereby creating a need for a new source of healthy lighting.

In 1973, Dr. John Ott studied the effects of natural full-spectrum lighting and regular fluorescent lighting on students in the first grade in Florida. Students in the natural lighting had marked improvement in attention, retention, energy and mood. Students in the fluorescent lighting were lethargic, moody and didn’t get nearly as good grades. Replacing overhead fluorescent lights with natural full-spectrum light bulbs has a positive effect within a few hours of insertion.  They have reported improved employee morale, greater productivity, reduced errors and decreased absenteeism.

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Light & the Eyes

When light enters your eyes, it not only goes to your visual centers enabling you to see; it also goes to your brain’s hypothalamus.

Hypothalamus: the Brain’s Brain
The hypothalamus is a fundamental part of the brain that projects downward ending in the pituitary gland. The hypothalamus regulates homeostasis. It regulates thirst, hunger, weight regulation, body temperature, water balance, the sleep/wake cycle & blood pressure. It also initiates the body’s stress response, affects our emotions, and controls our immune functions.
The hypothalamus is so important to the body’s functioning that it is known as the “brain’s brain”. This means that it controls the part of the nervous system regulating automatic and metabolic processes in the body.
Pituitary: the Body’s Master Gland
The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea and secretes essential hormones to regulate homeostasis. It is functionally connected to the hypothalamus & is considered to be the “master gland”.

Hormones secreted from the pituitary help with growth, uterine contractions, blood pressure, breast milk production, thyroid gland function, turning food into energy, etc.

Our Body Clock

Our “body clock”, is also housed in the hypothalamus. Our body clock is controlled by circadian rhythms, which are the 24-hour cycles of light and darkness. These light-sensitive rhythms are not an invention of modern times, they are biologically imposed by Mother Nature. Consequently, anything that disrupts these rhythms (like inadequate sunlight) has a far-reaching impact on our body’s ability to function.
This explains why, since sunlight has been shown to be the most effective regulator of the body clock, it is also the quickest method of recovering from jet lag. (Or you can supplement sunlight with full spectrum lighting indoors.)
But it gets even more interesting! In 1998, scientists found that they could reset the body clock of study subjects by shining bright lights onto the back of their knees. This demonstrates that areas of the skin are significantly affected by light, just like the retinas of our eyes. This led researchers to conclude that the body may have more than one body clock, although the eyes still seem to be the main route by which the circadian system senses light.
Our Body’s Light Meter
The body clock control centers in the hypothalamus are also connected to the pineal gland, which is considered the body’s “light meter”. The pineal gland secretes the important hormone melatonin. It is a small endocrine gland in the brain that produces melatonin, a hormone that affects wake/sleep patterns. The pineal gland got its name because it is shaped like a tiny pinecone.

Melatonin: The Hibernation Hormone
Melatonin, the “hibernation hormone”, increases with decreased light, which explains that tired feeling that comes on when it begins to get dark outside, even if it is only 4 o’clock in the afternoon! And, it also explains why decreased melatonin is found in those with insomnia (and why full spectrum light is beneficial for healthy sleep).
Serotonin: The Mood Elevator
Conversely, serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light, and falls with decreased sun exposure. This has been proven by many scientific studies, including one reported in the well-respected medical journal Lancet in 2002. This study measured blood levels of serotonin, finding that production of serotonin by the brain was directly related to the duration of bright sunlight.

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Full Spectrum Light

Full spectrum lights display the entire wavelength of light, from infrared to near-ultraviolet. This type of lighting seeks to duplicate the light from the sun, which is considered full spectrum. All life, plants, animals & humans, need the benefits that natural sunlight gives, but it may not always be practical or possible to be exposed to the sun’s rays. The first diagram below show the difference in the sun’s light verses incandescent light.

Notice in the diagram directly above that at 3,000 K, which is about the temperature of a standard incandescent light bulb, only about 5% of the light is in the visible range. Most of it is in the infrared region, which we feel as heat. This type of light bulb is scarcely producing light, it’s mostly heat, & therefore inefficient.
Now at 6,000 K, again in the diagram above, which is the temperature of the sun’s surface, the peak of color is yellow and there is a good production of visible light.
Fluorescent lamps using a magnetic frequency do not give out a steady light (see the diagram below); instead, they flicker at twice the supply frequency. This results in fluctuations, which could pose problems for people who are sensitive to the flicker. They also contain mercury, phosphors & glass. Normal LED lights flicker as well, but not as much as fluorescent lights.

Everyone needs 30 minutes a day of natural sunlight, or full spectrum light for health and wellness.

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Small Business Tax Deductions

This is a great article on the tax benefits for people with a home business.  The government wants us succeeding at business because we are driving the economy & the tax breaks are a wonderful incentive.  Of course you will need to consult an excellent accountant in your area & country to get further advise for your situation.  Please read:  31 Small Business Tax Deductions by Greg Go, cofounder and CTO of Wise Bread.

Let me know what you think.

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Word of Mouth Marketing

We all grew up sharing our thoughts about good books, movies, restaurants, etc., but we’ve never been paid to do so.

CNN did a study CNN study confirms ‘share’ power by Anita Awbi, 7 Oct 2010, © C21 Media 2010, that was quite interesting documenting the effects of word of mouth marketing via social media. This study included 2,300 people worldwide. “The commerciality of the social media space is fast becoming apparent and this study means that for the first time, we are able to substantiate the value of shared news from an advertising perspective”, said Mormesse.

“People who received news content from a friend via social media were 19% more likely to recommend the brand that advertised around the story to others, and 27% were more likely to favor that brand themselves.”

So keep sharing & using your social media!

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Natural Wellness for Prevention & Wealth

What if I were to share with you that the huge, billion-dollar pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, just announced they were opening an entire new division of their company based on Natural Wellness? That there were already 7 double-blind studies substantiating these new natural approaches?

Wouldn’t people everywhere want to know all about this?

Better yet, what if Eli Lilly called you personally and asked you to head up their “Natural Wellness” division in your state?

What if they offered you a minimum of 6% monthly bonus for ALL orders!

I know this sounds to good to actually be true and it isn’t exactly true. The name of the company is Nikken from California not Eli Lilly from Indiana.


I am so blessed being a part of destiny that is changing the way we think about total wellness through the 5 Pillars of Health: Healthy Body, Mind, Family, Society & Finances.

According to this article in The Province, it looks as though British Columbia is waking up to the obvious fact that prevention works and is ultimately the best route for a healthier citizenry!

Please read this article published in the Province and then visit me at  I would love to show you our products & business.


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