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9 Ways Strategic Social Media Breaks Make You More Social

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In today’s world you need to be social even if you’re not naturally gregarious or extroverted.
To spread the word about your book, program, product, or professional expertise, you have to be active in social media in a BIG way, using such tools as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, Pinterest, etc.
But what if you’re feeling decidedly anti-social, because you’re facing a grueling Dark Night of the Soul?
Should you continue to post regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog when you’re enduring an existential crisis like a terminally ill parent or spouse, the breakup of your long-term marriage, or the death of a cherished loved one?
TwitterWhen you’re shaken up by such a trying situation, I contend, you need to take Strategic Social Media Breaks of varying lengths of time—from a few days to a few weeks.
Something interesting happens when you become deliberately anti-social. Ultimately, after you devote time to yourself and your healing, you ultimately become more social.
In other words, staying away from social media paves the way for you to become active again and to return with vitality, peace of mind, and a better frame of mind.
Gab with the Gurus Large LogoFor my part, I discovered the value and need to take Strategic Social Media Breaks soon afterddiscovering that my mother—who lived on the other side of the country—was terminally ill with stage 4 lung cancer.
Over the next two years, I took several Social Media Breaks—during Mom’s final months when we enjoyed a plethora of plays, operas, and farmer’s markets together, and she taught me how to die with grace and spunk.
Three months before Mom died, I became quite active again on social media when my new new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, was published. But soon afterwards, I needed a longer Social Media Break after Mom passed away and I was grief-stricken and depressed.
Again, I needed more time away from social media when I needed to travel around to find a new, peaceful place to live; and when I needed to Take Back My Power and heal from my mother’s unintentional cancer-driven rage, abuse, betrayal and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
If you’re facing a family crisis, I urge you to step back from social media. Here are nine benefits of staying away from the Web for a few days or weeks.
You can spend precious time with a loved one. (This is especially important if your loved one is very ill.).
You can take ample time to go inward and put your attention on nurturing and nourishing yourself.
Focusing on yourself rather than on posts or tweets allows you to emerge more compassionate and committed to giving valuable information to your fans through social media..
When you’re absent from social media, you can become more fully present in your life.
You can reassess your priorities without getting distracted by social media.
When you shift your focus from serving others to preserving yourself, it’s easier to triumph over your stressful, heart-breaking situations.
When you’re not concerned about the responses you’re getting to a comment, quote or photo you posted on Facebook, your blog or Google+, you have more energy to face your profound pain, which, in turn, will help you move faster away from the dark and into the light.
When you’re not sidetracked by social media, you can gain valuable perspective, insights, and the distance you need to rise above your pain.
A Social Media Break “fills you up” so that you can return with more energy, exuberance, and enthusiasm to serving people.
So how do you know you need a Social Media Break? Youi may benefit from time away from social media if you haven’t regained your mojo, zest, or gusto after your Dark Night of the Soul. In other words:
You often feel anxious, depressed, and devastated after the death of a loved one.
You just don’t have much enthusiasm to share great information with your fans. Rather, you need to focus on healing after your challenging time such as the end of your marriage.
You just don’t feel ready to serve your Facebook fans, Twitter followers, blog readers, etc. Before being so visible ot he world, you need to regain your strength.
Anyhow, now that I’m active again in social media, I invite you to become social with me.
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Share Your Feedback: Have you ever taken a Strategic Social Media Break? Why and for how long? How did being anti-social help you to become more social? Let us know your experiences here.

Catching Up With Connie

Best Times to Post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest & Your Blog [Infographic]

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When should you post updates on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn or your blog?
That’s the big question we all want answered so we can get lots of eyeballs to grace our fan pages, read and retweet our tweets, connect with us on LinkedIn, right?
Well, Woo Hoo, now, thanks to Fannit for sharing this infographic, you get answers about when to put your social media feet forward.
Bear in mind, though, that it’s a good idea to check out if these times hold true for your audience.
Post at the right time and bump up your online presence to a high degree; post at the wrong time and you’ll fail to reach your audience. – See more at: http://www.fannit.com/social-media-infographic-when-are-the-best-times-to-post/#sthash.Kf92uPRj.dpuf
Fannit’s Isaac Campbel advises: “Post at the right time and bump up your online presence to a high degree; post at the wrong time and you’ll fail to reach your audience.”
Share this with your friends and fans. And tell us about your experiences with different posting times.
Source: Special thanks to Isaac Campbell of Fannit for the great infographic. And special thanks go to Social Buzz Club founder Laura Rubinstein for letting us know about this.

Beyond Sugar Shock

Easter or Passover: You’re Stronger Than These “Treats”

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With Easter around the corner and Passover here, sugary “treats” will inevitably tempt you.
That’s our world’s sugary reality.
My role today is to help you to be at peace with that situation.
So let me prepare you as you face those enticing chocolate malt balls (my favorites back in 1998),
chocolate marshmallow eggs, Easter sugar cookies, rugelah, Haroset (that’s appple, cinnamon, honey, and wine), and more.
Whenever you view these sugary temptations, I invite you to arm and protect yourself with four quickie tactics.
1) When you see sweets, think “I am stronger than these desserts. I am strong enough to say no! I can say no.”
2) Look at these desserts with wonder and curiosity — as if you were a child. Try to discover why these sweets look so darn shiny, tempting or delectable. If packaged cookies are seemingly calling out to you,
study that food label carefully — as if you were cramming for a final exam!
If a friend or family member made the dessert, politely ask her or him (if you have a good relationship), what ingredients she used to create such a beautiful and enticing dish.
3) Before you dip your fork or finger into any of these “treats,” ask yourself, “Why
am I doing this?”
4) If you choose to have any desserts or “treats,” make sure to savor it BIG TIME. And decide in advance how to sete some limits. Choose ahead of time exactly how many bites you’ll have.
When you’ve reached your allotment, get off the table, and think to yourself, “I love myself enough to stop now.”
5) Inwardly boast, “I did it! I did it!” I took control over my sugar habit! Woo Hoo!”
I hope these tips help you have a glorious Easter and/or Passover.
Remember, you are strong, and you have the power to choose what goes into
your lovely body.
And remember, if you want to nibble, you can always choose hard-boiled eggs (which are full of wonderful nutrients — even the yolks) and vegetables.
Have a wonderful Easter or Passover.
By the way, stay tuned for an announcement of my FR*EE Teleseminar on Wed., April 18 at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST) on “7 Habits that Keep You Tracked In Your Sugar Addiction — and How to Break Free.”

Beyond Sugar Shock

Launch Your Product or Business with Michael A. Stelzner

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Do you have a product or business that you’d like to build quickly and steadily?
If so, I urge you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus Radio Show that I conducted last year with social media guru Michael A. Stelzner after the release of his book, Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition.
This interview is fascinating!
I’m re-listening to it get ideas on how to promote my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock.

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Anita Moorjani: On Cancer, Near Death & Treasuring Our Magnificence

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As a journalist, author and radio host, I’ve interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people on a variety of topics, from sugar addiction to vision boards to forgiveness to the power of the Law of Attraction.
Today, I was deeply honored and profoundly touched by my interview with Anita Moorjani on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show.
Anita — whose story about her remarkable journey back from a near-death experience and her subsequent spontaneous remission of cancer is rapidly spreading on the Internet — gave a truly spectacular interview.
If you haven’t yet heard of Anita, you need to discover her and her riveting, magnificent, new book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing.
Dying to Be Me has a foreword by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, the internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of self development.
In our Gab with the Gurus interview, Anita offered her compelling thoughts and insights about a variety of topics, such as:
Why she got cancer in the first place.
How emotions play a “grossly overlooked” role in the development of cancer.
Her key to healing so quickly.
The role of fear in getting cancer and not recovering from it.
Why she chose not to undergo chemotherapy.
What her near-death experience was like.
How it’s important — imperative, if you will — to live fearlessly, joyously and authentically.
In particular, for you skeptics out there, I asked a number of questions to clarify for you her unique claims. For instance, you’ll discover:
How ample medical proof documents her claims of having a near-death experience and spontaneous remission of her cancer.
How recognized oncologist Dr. Peter Ko of the University of Southern California carefully reviewed her medical chart and was simply astounded by her recovery
How other medical professionals are simply astounded.
Listen now to this fascinating Gab with the Gurus interview with Anita Moorjani. Remember, you can listen anytime.
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Beyond Sugar Shock

Kick Your Sweet Tooth to the Curb: Thanks to Vital Juice

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Do you have a sweet tooth?
Feeling a prisoner to your sugar habit?
Get some help now, thanks to Vital Juice, whose talented editor Maridel Reyes, interviewed me.
Read this package of articles now:
Vital Juice
Sweets Surpise
Kick your sweet tooth to the curb.
How have these sugar articles have helped you?
What’s your biggest Ahah!?
Let Vital Juice know on their Facebook fan page.
Then make sure to share your thoughts on our Facebook fan page, too.

Catching Up With Connie

Going Through a Crisis? Dr. Wayne Dyer Can Inspire You Daily

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Are you going through a personal or family crisis?
Are you plagued by constant physical pain?
Are you feeling emotionally distraught or downright discouraged due to a breakup or divorce?
Are you watching a loved one suffer agonizing emotional or physical pain due to heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s disease?
Or are you surrounded by family members, who, because of their own emotional or physical pain, are saying angry, venomous things to you?
If you’re going through a challenging situation such as one of those cited above (or something else), I strongly recommend that you
Wishes-fulfilled
buy the latest book, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, from the inspirational Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Dr. Dyer is, of course, an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s also the author of more than 30 books, and he has created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
His new book, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, is truly life changing.
I also recommend that you get the new, I AM Wishes Fulfilled Meditation, that Dr. Dyer and James F. Twyman have created. I can’t wait to receive it. I’m sure it will be miraculous.
If you can, I also recommend that you catch the remarkable Dr. Dyer in a city near you. I’ve heard him several times — so powerful!
Wayne Dyer – Event Tour

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Soothing Tunes to Calm You As You Face Anything: What Are Your Favorites?

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If you’re going through a challenging, stressful or upsetting time, one of the best ways to rise above the situation is to soothe yourself with melodies that calm and comfort you.
Forget comfort foods that send you into Sugar Shock. They don’t work!
Music is one of the most exhilarating ways to achieve this serenity and peacefulness. (Meditation works, of course, too. More about that later.)
So help me compile a list of Soothing Tunes.
For instance, the title Hans Zimmer soundtrack from the film, Gladiator, with the talented Russell Crowe as Maximus, is one of my favorite melodies. Doesn’t it evoke a feeling of triumph in you?
So what are your favorite Comfort Tunes (not Comfort Foods, of course)?
(Usually, I don’t care to share anything personal here, but please know that I have two reasons I’m seeking Comfort Tunes. Of course, my first goal is to help you, because I know music can soothe you in a way that food or other addictions can. Secondly, I’m facing a very trying situation, and I’m seeking to arm myself with a number of powerful, potent tactics to get me through this easily. One of the ways to sail through such pain is with the help of magical melodies.)
Please submit your ideas for Magical Melodies and Soothing Tunes.

Big Sugar & Big Food News

Food Addiction Program Featuring Dr. Robert Lustig, Michael Prager, Etc. Planned

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Robert H. Lustig, M.D., whose YouTube video, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, hit viral, and Michael Prager, author of the exciting book, Fat Boy, Thin Man, are among the fascinating experts I’ll have the pleasure of meeting and listening to in an exciting program about food addiction at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco next week.
Stay tuned for some compelling points that you’ll get from these amazing speakers.
These are the experts lined up.
Michael Prager, Author, Fat Boy Thin Man
Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Eric Stice, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Dr. Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD., MSc., FCEP, CASAM, Medical Director, Renascent
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF
Now read the enticing description:
Addiction is about brains, not just about behaviors. We all have the brain reward circuitry that makes food rewarding; it’s a survival mechanism. In a healthy brain, these rewards have feedback mechanisms for satiety or “‘enough.” For some, the circuitry becomes dysfunctional such that the message becomes “more.”
Michael Prager, author of Fat Boy Thin Man, will begin the discussion telling his very personal story of recognizing and then seeking treatment for his food addiction. Leading researchers and clinicians will discuss many aspects of this important topic.