If you find your mind extremely active, then simply observe the nature and degree of that activity. It is just a part of the passing show within. Maintain muscle mass. Cells that don't sustain the proper balance of fluids and electrolytes cause muscle fatigue. That's why drinking ample fluids during exercise is essential. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that people consume about seventeen ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, you should drink fluids at regular intervals to replace fluids lost through perspiration. Sustain kidney function. Fluids are responsible for moving waste throughout the body. Blood urea nitrogen is the chief waste product. It dissolves in water and thus can easily move through the body and the kidneys, where it is released into urine. A sign your body is properly hydrated can be found in the urine. When you've had enough fluids, urine will be odorless and light in color. If your body has not received the fluids it needs, the kidneys retain fluid for other purposes, and urine has a more concentrated color and odor. Aid digestion. Sufficient hydration allows proper flow along your gastrointestinal tract and decreases possible constipation. When fluids are inadequate, the colon takes water from stools to provide hydration, and constipation is the result. So how much water consumption will help you thrive? You've probably heard the mantra that you should drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day (i.e., sixty-four ounces). Well, there is a lot of truth to that.

Don't forget that our bodies are composed of approximately 60 percent water. We need a lot of water to keep our biological machine humming along in good health. Actually, I believe we all need a bit more water than that, depending upon body weight. What I advise my clients is that they drink the equivalent of half their body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 176 pounds, you should drink 88 ounces per day--that's the equivalent of eleven eight-ounce glasses of water. The trick is to start early in the morning and have a water container near you during the day--even while you are driving. And just to be clear: I am talking about water, not just liquids. So if you have juice or coffee with lunch, don't count those ounces toward your daily water intake. Remember that a lot of the liquids we rely on each day--coffee, soda, black tea, beer--contain either caffeine or alcohol, both of which are diuretics. In other words, they actually do the opposite of what water does: they dehydrate you rather than hydrate you. You may be surprised how quickly your financial state can turn around by learning from someone else's. Know how to leverage a unique skill set (and sell it!) This is one of my favorite techniques, and I fiercely believe that the name of the game (when you want to keep your competitive edge and multiply your wealth, continuously) is by learning and constantly perfecting your unique skill set. Here's an example: let's say you're a writer, and you've been writing articles and blog posts for clients, for years. But recently, a swarm of younger and cheaper writers have come on the scene--leaving you a bit...disposable. If you want to get ahead and constantly be at the top of your game, you've got to change your approach to work. Don't keep doing what you've always been doing. Take a look at the most profitable types of writing you can do. Find one that's interests you and study it, practice it, and then continue studying it to make your skill better. Do you know see how the wealthy thinks? They don't ever fall into a victim trap, or a self- fulfilling prophecy.

They continually build on their own wealth by finding a new outcome, a new growth experience, and a better way to live, to work, and to think. Are you up for the challenge? If so, you're ready to become truly prosperous in every way. Your body is a billboard for your internal state, but it's not the only advertisement of your intentions and mood. Other factors can actually make a bigger impression over the course of a conversation if you're not careful. Here are some examples: Your Appearance - How do you look? Are you wearing a ratty old sweatshirt or are you wearing that new pea coat you bought? Comfort is one thing, but sometimes, we feel more comfortable in those ratty old clothes because they make us inconspicuous. We don't stand out and therefore we don't have to worry about social interactions. Now, if you a leap forward and aim to stand out in what you wear, you'll create a completely different impression. A freshly pressed, squeaky clean appearance can have a huge difference. Don't get me wrong. The last thing I want anyone reading this to take away is that you need to change to be likable. Not true - everyone has it in them to be more likable just the way they are, and if you're not comfortable wearing a fancy suit or expensive fragrances, don't worry about it. But, as much as you can look good when you enter these situations. Psychologists point to social theories like the ones we discussed in the introduction. When you see someone's positive reaction to your clothing and carefully preened exterior, you feel more important based on their observations. Part of it is an illusion, but the confidence gained there allows you to be more proactively engaged with the person you've just met. Your Voice - How you talk and what you say has nearly as big of an impression on someone you meet as anything else. You should be as inviting as possible, building the impression that you literally have nothing at all you'd rather do than talk to your conversation partner at that moment.

As you can see, obedience and conformity can lead to a number of beliefs and decisions that have little evidence in their support. In fact, beliefs that may not otherwise be taken seriously often become credible if told by a person of authority or by several people at a time. Why? It may be that our tendency to conform is inborn. One way we form beliefs is by copying a model for our behavior--namely, our parents. If our parents or others in authority tell us at a very early age that angels, devils, heaven, and hell exist, we'll have a very strong predilection to agree with them. In fact, it may seem incomprehensible not to hold such beliefs later on in life. And, we would likely consider other competing beliefs, like reincarnation, to be quite bizarre. On the other hand, if our parents taught us that reincarnation is real, our beliefs concerning heaven and hell could easily be reversed.8 It's late, and you're settled into bed. Just before falling off to sleep you hear a woman crying out for help. You go to the window and notice that a number of other people also turned on their lights because of the commotion. To your astonishment, you see an attacker repeatedly stabbing a woman on the street corner. You scream down "Let the girl alone!" and the assailant runs away. Thinking everything's OK, you go back to bed. A few minutes later, you hear the woman cry, "I'm dying! I'm dying!" You get up to find that the attacker has returned and is stabbing the girl once again. Lights go on all over the neighborhood and the attacker runs off a second time. Again, you go back to bed. The attacker returns for a third time--and kills the girl. Would you go back to bed knowing that the girl needed help?

Most everyone would say, "Of course not!" We like to think that if someone is in distress we'll come to her aid. But what if you knew that a number of other people were aware of the attack? Would that change your behavior? Most of us would say no--but research shows that it does. When we know others are present, we feel less responsible to act, a phenomenon known as diffusion of responsibility. In fact, the case presented above actually happened to a woman named Kitty Genovese in 1964. Kitty died after she was assaulted three times outside her apartment in New York City. The police investigation revealed that thirty-eight citizens saw the killing, but no one reported it during the attack. In fact, the first call was received thirty minutes after the assault began.9 Our behavior can drastically change if we think others are around to share the responsibility. As an interesting example, one study had students wait in a room either by themselves or with two other students (confederates put there by the researcher). While they were waiting, a stream of smoke started to pour in from a vent. When alone, 75 percent of the students reported the smoke within two minutes. However, when other people in the room remained inactive, only 10 percent of the students reported the smoke. They coughed, rubbed their eyes, and opened a window, but didn't report the incident.10 Researchers in another study had a person drop pencils in an elevator to see if people would help pick them up--less help was offered as the number of people in the elevator increased. In fact, bystanders helped less when others were present in forty-eight out of fifty-six studies conducted on this issue. In general, individuals helped an average of 75 percent of the time when alone, and only 53 percent of the time when in a group. Interestingly, only one group appears immune to this effect--children under the age of nine.11 Every musician plays scales. When you begin to study the piano, that's the first thing you learn, and you never stop playing scales. The finest concert pianists in the world still play scales. It's a basic skill that can't be allowed to get rusty.