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NATIONAL BOOK MONTH: What John C. Maxwell Has Taught Me About Leadership
The nature of books can have an unbelievable impact on your perspective, regardless of subject matter. For example, books such as “Landscaping for Dummies” teaches you the art of planting, watering, and weeding your garden bed, while fictional books like the Hunger Games series, a science- fiction dystopian adventure story about overthrowing the government, do a lot to entertain and engage you. Then you have books like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which awakened people to the prejudice and racism present in the American South. No matter the topics being explored, books allow readers to perceive the world in new ways. Because January has been dubbed National Book Month, I want to spend some of this edition talking about an author who’s had a considerable impact on me throughout the years: John C. Maxwell. Maxwell is an American pastor and speaker who has written and published over 60 books, most of them dealing with the concept of effective leadership. The first book of his I encountered was “Developing the Leader Within You.” Approximately 12 years ago, a FALLS ON LEADERSHIP,’ AND IN MY OWN EXPERIENCES, I FIND THAT TO BE 100 PERCENT TRUE.” “MAXWELL CLAIMS, ‘EVERYTHING RISES AND
Maxwell and talking to him one-on-one. His speaking events usually consist of audiences of over 1,000 people, but for this conference, there were only 50 people, which gave me the chance to talk to Maxwell on several occasions. While Maxwell’s conference speeches and books have taught me much about teamwork, communication, and personal and professional success, the most impactful knowledge I’ve come away with deals with effective leadership. In fact, Maxwell claims, “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” and in my own experiences, I find that to be 100 percent true. In my life, I have worked for some great leaders and some not-so- great leaders. I’ve also had moments where I felt confident in my own abilities to lead and other moments when I knew I could have done better. In my role at Greeley Endodontics and in my role as a family man, I’ve found that effective leadership is absolutely pivotal for a team to function. Sometimes, being an effective leader is more about really knowing the people you are leading and finding ways to support them and build them up than it is about numbers or overall growth. For me, both at work and at home, a focus on togetherness is what makes my team dynamics continuously strong.
good friend who knew I enjoyed studying personal development and leadership strategies recommended it to me. Now I read nearly every Maxwell book I can get my hands on. “Developing the Leader Within You” is my all-time favorite, possibly because I read it first; however, I also really enjoyed “21 Laws of Leadership” and “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.” After over a decade of absorbing the words and ideas in his books, I was able to actually meet him last year at a conference in North Carolina. The event spanned three days, and even though the other business owners and I spent time at the NC Motor Speedway and were driven around the track going 130 mph by professional race car drivers, my favorite part of the weekend was sitting down with
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3 EASY WAYS TO RECOVER QUICKLY FROM A COLD
During the winter months, colds and the flu can spread like wildfire. Getting sick at least once during the season can be hard to avoid, and once you are sick, you want nothing more than for it to be over and done. While there is no way to completely avoid getting sick, there are ways to speed up your recovery. Next time you’re suffering from a cold, try these remedies to get back on your feet a little bit faster. Elderberry Syrup Also referred to as elderberry extract, this syrup is made from a plant called European elder. It can be purchased at many health food stores or made at home (but use caution when doing this, since raw and undercooked elderberries are toxic). Many people swear by the berries’ ability to ease congestion and relieve a number of other cold symptoms. Plus, elderberry syrup is known for having anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, making it an ideal tool for fighting the common cold. Some research even suggests that it can shorten flu symptoms by up to three days. Eucalyptus If you’re suffering from congestion or can’t stop coughing, eucalyptus may offer the relief you’re looking for. Available in several different forms, including syrup, oil, and dried leaves, eucalyptus can be used as an expectorant or as a way to relieve a sore throat. When you’re at home and sick, try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water in a humidifier. The results are remarkably soothing! IS THE COLD WEATHER MAKING YOUR KIDS STIR CRAZY? Try a Themed Family Movie Night!
Zinc While many people turn to vitamin C to hurry through a cold, that’s not the supplement you should be focusing on. In fact, an overwhelming number of studies show that vitamin C does absolutely nothing to help shorten a cold. Instead, take zinc. You can find it as a nasal spray or lozenge, or even as part of a vitamin C supplement. One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who took zinc reduced their recovery time from a cold by half. Cold symptoms among those taking a zinc supplement lasted about four days, while symptoms among those taking a placebo lasted about eight days.
1. TICKETS A great way to spice up the average family movie night is to give your children tickets to the movie beforehand. There are several websites or blogs that offer free printable tickets, but the easiest option would be to simply type “printable tickets” into your web browser, search images, and print them off. You could even give the tickets to everyone before they head off to work or school. That way, their anticipation can build throughout the day. 2. DINNER Rather than spending hours finding a restaurant everyone in the house can agree on and then spending heaps of money on the check, prepare a meal together. One tasty and fun option is homemade pizza. Start by buying the new Flatout thin-crust flatbread; it’s a healthy, easy, and quick
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest movie theater in the world is the Washington Iowa State Theatre. It opened in May 1897, and by the start of the new year, it will have been in operation for almost 122 years! The ticket price for the first motion picture ever shown at this theater ranged from 15–25 cents, depending on the location of your seat. Ever since that lovely spring day in the late 1800s, the idea of the classic “dinner and a movie” date has remained the quintessential romantic move for couples of all ages. Nowadays, though, the price for movie tickets averages a little over $9, which makes the prospect of taking a family of four to dinner and a movie pretty expensive! It is for this reason that lots of parents have taken to hosting family movie nights at home. Here are some great tips to help make your family movie night memorable.
alternative to mixing together your own crust. Let your kids choose their toppings so they can decorate their own personal pizza. 3. FORT After you’ve had dinner, but before you start the film, you can grab all the pillows, blankets, and sheets from around your home to build a fort the whole family can fit into. Move some chairs from the kitchen and position them in a semicircle around the couch. Then drape the blankets and sheets over the top, grab your pillows, and crawl on in.
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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SLEEP APNEA?
The Potentially Dangerous Sleep Disorder That Affects Millions According to Greek mythology, the clever god Hermes used his inimitable wit to tell stories that were so long-winded they lulled monsters into a deep slumber. Using that same logic, the insomniacs of today’s world are advised to read material that will bore them to sleep. Unfortunately for the people who suffer from sleep apnea, the traditional techniques — like reading the phone book or counting sheep — won’t help at all. According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. The condition causes repeated breathing interruptions throughout the night — the pauses can last from a few seconds to even a couple minutes. When your body lacks oxygen, it sends messages to your brain to make sure you wake up and inhale. People with this disorder can jolt themselves out of sleep up to 100 times in a single night! This disorder can affect people of all ages, and while there are factors that increase your risk of developing sleep apnea, it primarily happens when the muscles in the back of your throat are flaccid, your tongue is too large, or your jaw is too small. There are two major types of this potentially dangerous sleep disorder: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. But the signs and symptoms often overlap. For example, if you notice that you jolt awake throughout the night gasping for air, snore loudly, WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
grind your teeth, or wake up with a super dry mouth, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
WHAT DOES SLEEP APNEA HAVE TO DO WITH DENTISTRY?
Many patients would be surprised if their dentist or endodontist asked them about their sleeping habits. In reality, those who work in the dental field are often the earliest diagnosticians for sleep disorders in general. For example, one of the biggest indicators of sleep apnea is teeth grinding, which can lead to worn tooth surfaces, inflamed or receding gums, and a spike in cavities. Because of this, the people who examine your teeth might know you have sleep apnea even before you do. If you have issues staying asleep during the night, snore loudly, or grind your teeth, feel free to give our office a call at 970-515-6332 with questions! CITRUS AND AVOCADO SALAD
Inspired by Bon Appétit
Winter is the height of citrus season, so it’s a perfect time to experiment with oranges and lemons. Roasting the fruits concentrates their flavor and makes the skins edible, creating a blast of flavor for this winter salad.
1 blood, cara cara, or navel orange, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 1 Meyer or regular lemon, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
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1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bunch arugula
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 1 avocado, cut into wedges Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a rimmed baking sheet, toss citrus slices with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast citrus until lightly charred and caramelized, about 10–15 minutes. Let cool. 3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine onion and lemon juice. Season with salt and let sit for 5 minutes. 4. Add citrus, arugula, and mint to onion mixture. Drizzle with remaining oil,
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season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss thoroughly. 5. Add avocado, combing very gently to not crush avocado.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE What Is Your Favorite Book? PAGE 1 Have a Cold? Recover Faster! Is the Cold Weather Making Your Kids Stir Crazy? PAGE 2 The Potentially Dangerous Sleeping
Disorder That Affects Millions Citrus and Avocado Salad PAGE 3 The Best Skiing Destinations in the World PAGE 4
Who’s Ready for Some Powder? 3 OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST WINTER SPORT DESTINATIONS The sound of the first carve through fresh powder is the anthem of all winter sports enthusiasts. Here are three of best places in the world to experience that powder you’ve been craving all year. BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO John Denver’s anthem “Rocky Mountain high” was about the freedom he felt here. Breckenridge offers some of the best skiing in the country. The resort boasts five peaks, 187 trails, 34 lifts, four terrain parks, and a renowned cross-country trail. After a day on the slopes, head into the town of Breckenridge for dining and activities that ditch the glitz and glamour of Vail or Aspen and take you straight to the heart of fun. WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA A snowy paradise with Olympic-level runs, Whistler is filled with true magic, winter activities, and a town that captivates the senses. When you see the mountains of British Columbia, you’ll understand why they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Once you’re done flying down the hill where Bode Miller took the bronze, head over to the winter wonderland of the old Olympic Village for a cozy night in a picturesque town.
ST. ANTON, AUSTRIA If you want a great location for next year’s Christmas card photo, there’s no better place than the Tyrolean Alps. Nestled in a valley between perfectly molded mountains, the Austrian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for your winter excursions. The densely wooded areas and the bright reflection of the snow frame the vibrant town that’s just waiting to be explored. When you’re ready for world-class runs, hop in one of the 11 gondolas and zip down the hills that hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships.
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