Monday, July 14, 2014

Entrepreneurs and Professionals: Measuring The Distance


Today, July 14th, is National Tape Measure Day in the United States.  A tape measure is something made out of cloth, plastic, fiber glass or metal and has markings on it for linear measurements.  Earlier methods of measurement included using a marked piece of rope, leather or chain.  Source: www.nationaldaycalendar.com

Today, along with tape measures, we can use lasers for linear measurement. This is something fairly new, considering the tape measure dates back to the Romans! However, tape measures are only effective linear measures.

Yet, there are other things we want or need to measure, such as happiness or success. How you measure these can bring you different results. I wonder how you measure these in your life. I suggest a moment of reflection to determine if you are using ancient methods which may no longer be relevant or effective. 


The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. 
~ Vince Lombardi

If you are experiencing summertime,  long, summer days may have you moving more slowly.  AND, if you are a business owner and find yourself slowing down and losing energy, the distance from where you find yourself standing today and the goals you have set for this year can begin to seem daunting. Business owners know how important it is to relax and take time off. The danger with relaxing can become long term lax or career stall.

Attempting to measure progress at this point can feel like dragging a heavy chain from the valley floor to the mountain top to see how much further you need to go. Before you give in to the urge to just give up, I invite you to quench your thirst to get your business going again. Here are some questions to ponder while you relax. Allow yourself to entertain whatever thoughts arise without judgment or anxiety or angst. 

What measures do you use to determine your present position in business? 

How do you assess the effectiveness of your marketing funnel? 

Can you be more clear about your service, your clients' needs and your message? 

Can you recognize ways you undermine your own success? 

Do you have inspired ideas that you neglect to act on?

Is your corporate identity solid, focused and well planned enough to put and keep your business on the map?

How often are your decisions based solely on cost first and not value add and investment?

These are a few question offered as a way to jump-start your business and give you the momentum necessary to cause measurable gains throughout the remainder of the year. 


New Perspectives bring New Ideas which turn in to New Opportunites! 
Grow Your Perspectives!


*You can check out the resources offered at #IdeaThon2014. If you should miss the dynamic interaction, don't quit there-reach out to the speakers and explore their offerings.  




Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. 
~ Booker T. Washington





Monday, April 14, 2014

Procrastination Sabotages Success



Success. That somehow illusive yet desirable state most of us yearn to experience.

When we move about the earth as influencers, we have glimpses of success often enough to know what is possible for not only others, but for ourselves. Success affects lives in a big way.

Why does it seem that success is sometimes illusive? Aren't we taught that success is a result of hard work? Most of us begin our search for success by doing what we are told and following the rules. Yet we find ourselves trapped in a discouraging situation, feeling overwhelmed because we blindly follow conventional wisdom, hoping success will show up soon.

If success occurs in the process of drifting around, why aren't more people enjoying the level of success they yearn for most?

What stands in the way of reaching success is the habit of procrastination! Procrastination begins subtly by putting a few things off until it is convenient to do them; until we get around to it. Procrastination begins as differed action and, if it is not given conscious scrutiny, becomes a habit.


The habit of procrastination leads drifters to settle for what they get in life. Mild restlessness gradually becomes frustration which builds to exasperation. Procrastination is negative mental inertia which sabotages our chances at achieving success!

Influencers understand that procrastination is deferring decisive action; a motivation to stay hidden and to play small. In order to influence the lives of others and our own results, we need to modify the mindset we are using to determine what we desire our lives to be.
  •      We must decide to do the most important things first every day. Our daily actions must be prioritized.
  •       Plans must be made, followed and updated; not just talked about.
  •       Our goals must be accelerated, achieved and modified.


Effective Influencers truly understand that it is our complete and unchangeable right to use our minds. Exercising this right often is necessary for us to break the mental inertia that encourages us to settle for less than we deserve, or than we can create for ourselves.

Breaking stride with the drifter mentality is declaring our genius. To experience success over and over again, we must be resolute in our efforts to break away from the menacing mind games that convince us to underperform and settle for what comes our way.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Get It Together-Bag It!

On her live stream event February 19, Sylvia Henderson, The Clarity Queen for Implementation, asked Effective Influencer Mia Reed, "As a business owner, what can you do when you are in a fog and can't seem to get it together? Does health have anything to do with Brain Fog?" 

Mia Reed, Wellness Strategist and owner of C.H.A.I.N. 2 Prosper, says brain fog is a result of our health and our health is a result of our eating habits.   First, we have to understand that eating is not the same as nutrition. Eating is the act of putting something in your mouth and swallowing it, usually with the purpose of satisfying hunger.


Food is actually any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.  Many of the things that we eat would not necessarily qualify as food! Soft drinks, loaded with sweetener (artificial or not), candy, processed meals are examples of things we eat that do not add nutritive value or assist in the maintenance of life or growth.

 
Eating things with little or no nutritive value is what Mia refers to as TOXIC eating. Toxic eating is a cause of brain fog. Being dehydrated is another cause of brain fog. Brain fog is the absence of clarity, concentration and impaired memory. This is what Sylvia described as her inability to Get It Together.


Sylvia posed the question, “What can we do NOW to improve our concentration, memory and clarity?”

If you practice eating for nutrition, you will develop that as a habit. Health is a habit, too. Our health affects our attitude. When you are stuck and feeling like no progress is made, you can choose to feel just one degree better. Make one conscious choice to provide your brain with nutrition.

 Here are 4 Tips from Mia for immediate benefit:
 

1.   Hydrate- Our bodies are between 80-90% water. If we are dehydrated, we are “less” in the sense that we are operating at a lower level than we are capable of. We are out of balance.

Become more balanced by hydrating more. Mia uses the guideline of drinking the equivalent in liquid, preferably water, as half of your body weight. How can you make water more palatable? Infuse it with strawberry and basil, cucumber and mint. 

2.   Consume more nutrients- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. The closer to their natural state (raw), the better quality nutrition you receive.

One of the best energy boosting habits to get in to is to consume natural sugar when facing a slump. Grabbing a handful (12-14) of almonds and a few raisins to munch will help that afternoon dip in energy.
 

3.   Understand what your body is saying when you experience the nibbles. That urge to snack is your body’s way of telling you it is deficient in a vitamin or mineral. Responding by snacking on processed foods and empty calories is Toxic Hunger. 

Stop and think for a minute when toxic hunger calls: what have you eaten so far? What might be missing? If you have consumed only carbohydrates, add some vegetables or fruits. Drink water before heading to the pantry or refrigerator. 

4.   Concentrate on receiving nutrients as you make food choices. Instead of merely satisfying hunger, strive to balance the nutrients your body craves. Eating is a habit. Nutrition is a conscious habit. For example, many of us have the habit of “finishing everything on your plate” or rewarding our children or ourselves with something to consume. 

Your stomach empties every 5 hours or so. If you are eating more often, you may be experiencing Toxic hunger. Take time to concentrate, choose and consume consciously.
 

Mia teaches people how to revise their food habits into nutritional habits. Most people today eat for comfort or out of boredom. She calls this unconscious use of food and food products TOXIC Eating. To replace TOXIC eating for long term results, Mia suggests that we BAG IT.

Cut up a few fruits and vegetables during commercials at night, or while you are preparing dinner. Use these pieces for a nutritional smoothie the following day. Just zip the ingredients in a stay fresh bag, refrigerate them overnight and pull them out in the morning. Pop the contents into a blender, add milk (Mia suggests milk other than cow’s milk, such as almond) and blend.

Drink a toast-Chain2prosper!

Change- Our current state of health is built on many incorrect beliefs and habits which were formed by those beliefs. You must decide when enough is enough!

Health- We must consciously get our health and our body into alignment. To do this we need to understand that eating and nutrition are not the same thing.

Attitude- We can change our food consumption habits by discarding our “stinkin’ thinkin’”  to a conscious process of nutrition. Z
       "We all need a check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin' thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitude." ~ Zig ZiglarIntuition- Having and using knowledge of the process taking place throughout our bodies and affecting the mind-body connection at a cellular level.

Nutrition- Using foods for proper nutrition elevates our health. Proper nutrition, Mia says, encompasses the use of many raw foods.

2- Two people working together from different perspectives (internal and external) to achieve the desired health goals. We need an objective viewpoint to pull us from our rut and see things accurately.

Prosper- Why we are all here on earth. We cannot prosper from a position of “stuck”. Prosperity is achieved through action; it must be “right” action.
 
For your 3 Meal one day plan, send an email to: Mia@CHAIN2Prosper.com with the subject line: Bag IT. She will send you the details.








 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Getting it Together and Getting Out of the Way!

 
 
Where you end up in any process is always dependent upon where you begin. Where you begin encompasses how you operate in the world, how you view the world and what you expect from the world. Put another way, your results are determined by who you are, your view of reality and your assumption or judgments about what is possible.
 
Each life begins as an idea. The idea of "you" can be viewed from many perspectives. Let's choose for today to see the idea of "you" as a creative and joyful expression of love. Each life is born from energy;  an energy which contains curiosity, imagination and inspiration.
 
Curiosity creates wants. Curiosity demands that we seek out what is possible for ourselves.
 
Imagination creates opportunity. We imagine things  that do not yet exist in our experience.
 
Inspiration fuels our desires. We act in sprit with the laws of nature, the laws which govern all things.
 
As we grow into our predetermined purpose, well meaning influencers in our lives guide us with their imaginations.  Their imaginations contain the original energy along with distorted energy that is created from the experiences they have  had and the filter through which they view these experiences.
 
It is these filters through which we learn to view life that cause us to see a distorted truth. We see distortions in the form of fears, distress, confusion, overwhelm. At times we take the perspective that we can't get these innate powers together enough to bring about those conditions we desire.
 
These filters cannot detect curiosity. Imagination becomes something to avoid because imagining anything brings with it a risk too great to overcome. Inspiration takes the shape of a dream-an idea meant for fools.

Three Tips to help get it together:

1. Begin to question each decision you make. Ask, "Am I making this decision from desire or fear?
    CLUE- fear-based decisions keep you feeling "safe". You justify them by saying things like
    "I could do worse" or "At least I know what to expect"

TIP: Ask, " What would I do if I were not afraid?"

2. Identify the source of overwhelm, procrastination or confusion. Generally you will know who you sound like. Someone else's filter has been installed and you are making decisions for yourself using their filter.
    CLUE: When these ideas are in your mind, you are not living from your own values.  "I  sound   just like..." or "My (mom, dad, sibling) always told me XXXX."

TIP: Ask, "What would happen if I made a mistake?"

3. Take action from a new perspective. Become really clear about what specific result you want. You need to know how you will feel when your goal is reached, how it will change you and your perspectives on life.
     CLUE: When you are making decisions from your values, you feel both excited and scared at the same time. And you are eager to take action even though it seems you are unsure.

TIP: Ask, "If I don't do this, will I be happier? healthier? More true to myself and my desires?


Be curious. Be imaginative. Be inspirational.

Life begins where you begin. Where life takes you is your decision!