Sharpen The Saw!

Remember these? The 7 habits of highly effective people! If not, please revisit Steven Covey. Today- let’s talk about sharpening the saw! Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–YOU. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life:  Physical.

Remember these? The 7 habits of highly effective people! If not, please revisit Steven Covey. Today- let’s talk about sharpening the saw! Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–YOU. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: 
Physical.

Switching Up Your Diet!

As we start to experience the seasons change, many of us will be looking to switch up our diets, either motivated by the desire to feel healthier or to take advantage of the amazing seasonal produce available to us at this time of year. There's something instinctive about seasonal eating and following the natural cycle of produce.  Supporting your body’s natural cycle - Each season’s produce is “designed by nature” to support out bodies in making the transition from one season to another.  Taste – Eating food that is in season and really does taste better.  Optimum Nutrition - Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and have a much higher nutritional content than produce which is out of season. A seasonal diet is diverse and provides your body with a whole host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which change regularly and benefit your health and wellbeing.  Supporting your body’s immune system - Food which is in season not only tastes better but may also contain ingredients that suit the body's needs for that time of year.  Education – Once you start eating seasonally you realise just how much variety we have available to us throughout the year and you have a whole new experience in terms of exploring different tastes, textures and learning about seasonal produce.  Get Creative - Keeping to what is seasonal or locally sourced encourages us to be more creative in the way we shop and cook.  Support Local – Check out your local farmers markets. Support your local community!  Here is a quick list of what’s seasonal for this month of September! Enjoy!

As we start to experience the seasons change, many of us will be looking to switch up our diets, either motivated by the desire to feel healthier or to take advantage of the amazing seasonal produce available to us at this time of year. There's something instinctive about seasonal eating and following the natural cycle of produce.

Supporting your body’s natural cycle - Each season’s produce is “designed by nature” to support out bodies in making the transition from one season to another.

Taste – Eating food that is in season and really does taste better. 
Optimum Nutrition - Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and have a much higher nutritional content than produce which is out of season. A seasonal diet is diverse and provides your body with a whole host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which change regularly and benefit your health and wellbeing.

Supporting your body’s immune system - Food which is in season not only tastes better but may also contain ingredients that suit the body's needs for that time of year.

Education – Once you start eating seasonally you realise just how much variety we have available to us throughout the year and you have a whole new experience in terms of exploring different tastes, textures and learning about seasonal produce.

Get Creative - Keeping to what is seasonal or locally sourced encourages us to be more creative in the way we shop and cook.

Support Local – Check out your local farmers markets. Support your local community! 
Here is a quick list of what’s seasonal for this month of September! Enjoy!

What You Don’t Want

How do you describe a successful business person? Disciplined. Confident. Open minded. Self starter. Competitive. Creative. Determined. A good people person. Strong work ethic. Passionate. Always learning. This list could go on and on!  Early in my career, my father told me that knowing what I DON’T want, at times, is just as important as knowing what I DO want. So, let’s think about what successful people DON’T do? Here’s a quick list for you to remember what NOT to do! We’ve talked about making the “stop doing” list - take a look at that today and recall why you wrote those behaviors down. 

How do you describe a successful business person? Disciplined. Confident. Open minded. Self starter. Competitive. Creative. Determined. A good people person. Strong work ethic. Passionate. Always learning. This list could go on and on! 
Early in my career, my father told me that knowing what I DON’T want, at times, is just as important as knowing what I DO want. So, let’s think about what successful people DON’T do? Here’s a quick list for you to remember what NOT to do! We’ve talked about making the “stop doing” list - take a look at that today and recall why you wrote those behaviors down. 

Be Better This Month!

New month! New goals? Need ideas? Develop a fun exercise routine. Create a night time routine - starting 30 minutes early. Ask yourself GOOD questions. Meditate. Develop emotional awareness. Contact someone you respect. Write a thank you note. Plan a meaningful experience. Volunteer. Increase the amount you save. Watch an inspiring ted talk. Learn a new skill. Make a STOP doing list. Study happiness. Start your journey towards a better you!


New month! New goals? Need ideas? Develop a fun exercise routine. Create a night time routine - starting 30 minutes early. Ask yourself GOOD questions. Meditate. Develop emotional awareness. Contact someone you respect. Write a thank you note. Plan a meaningful experience. Volunteer. Increase the amount you save. Watch an inspiring ted talk. Learn a new skill. Make a STOP doing list. Study happiness. Start your journey towards a better you!

Getting Back on Track and Setting Yourself Up for Success!

For whatever reason, we all fall behind in the quality of our work, quantity of our production and lose motivation. Sometimes, we feel stuck in a downward spiral of negativity - seems like all the progress you've made is ruined. It can be tough to get back on track. Here are a few strategies that can help you get back on track - TODAY: (1) Identify the root cause of your failure. (2) Create a schedule & stick to it! Be specific. (3) Use your current habits to restart your momentum ~ take those "autopilot" behaviors & use them as reminders of your current goals.(4) Get back to the basics! Remove distractions. Stay focused. (5) Embrace IMperfection - stop waiting to "do it right the first time" and just "DO IT". (6) Change your environment to ensure your success! Tidy up. Get organized. (7) Find an accountability partner - as well as be accountable to yourself! Keep a journal! (8) Be open to change your strategy and welcome new ideas! Sometimes, trying a different approach is the exact motivation we need to get back on track. Today's Monday motivation: IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET BACK ON TRACK!

For whatever reason, we all fall behind in the quality of our work, quantity of our production and lose motivation. Sometimes, we feel stuck in a downward spiral of negativity - seems like all the progress you've made is ruined. It can be tough to get back on track. Here are a few strategies that can help you get back on track - TODAY: (1) Identify the root cause of your failure. (2) Create a schedule & stick to it! Be specific. (3) Use your current habits to restart your momentum ~ take those "autopilot" behaviors & use them as reminders of your current goals.(4) Get back to the basics! Remove distractions. Stay focused. (5) Embrace IMperfection - stop waiting to "do it right the first time" and just "DO IT". (6) Change your environment to ensure your success! Tidy up. Get organized. (7) Find an accountability partner - as well as be accountable to yourself! Keep a journal! (8) Be open to change your strategy and welcome new ideas! Sometimes, trying a different approach is the exact motivation we need to get back on track. Today's Monday motivation: IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET BACK ON TRACK!

The Power of a Mentor!

Want a great mentor? Find someone who will challenge you, is experienced, is where you want to be, supports you, is a great listener, is invested in your success, guides you toward the answer, provides constructive feedback, is available and respects you. With the right mentor - trusted Advisor- anything is possible!

You Don't Need to be Great. Just Execute!

Do you journal? Here’s something to think about: Start exercising your “idea muscle.” Every morning, write down ten of your ideas on your tablet or in a tiny notebook. Regular practice is more important than the nature of the ideas themselves, because what you really need is the confidence you can create on demand. Don't expect your ideas to be perfect; perfectionism is your enemy. More entrepreneurs need to embrace this notion: that you don’t need to be great. You just need to do. Not only will you get better at it, you’ll be able to discipline to the other aspects of your life you want to improve. The process is important. Forcing yourself to go through the motions builds confidence. It’s not as if some of us are creative and some of us are not. Abandon the need to be perfect. Try to come up with as many ideas you can. Because, if you can get good at coming up with truly terrible ideas, you’re going to generate some good ones along the way. Remember, it takes courage to come up with new ideas! If you’re disciplined, you absolutely can unearth your creative confidence. Don’t wait.

Do you journal? Here’s something to think about: Start exercising your “idea muscle.” Every morning, write down ten of your ideas on your tablet or in a tiny notebook. Regular practice is more important than the nature of the ideas themselves, because what you really need is the confidence you can create on demand. Don't expect your ideas to be perfect; perfectionism is your enemy. More entrepreneurs need to embrace this notion: that you don’t need to be great. You just need to do. Not only will you get better at it, you’ll be able to discipline to the other aspects of your life you want to improve. The process is important. Forcing yourself to go through the motions builds confidence. It’s not as if some of us are creative and some of us are not. Abandon the need to be perfect. Try to come up with as many ideas you can. Because, if you can get good at coming up with truly terrible ideas, you’re going to generate some good ones along the way. Remember, it takes courage to come up with new ideas! If you’re disciplined, you absolutely can unearth your creative confidence. Don’t wait.

4 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity!

Good morning CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders! Have you heard about the Pomodoro technique?  It’s Evolutionary biology - reminding us that our brain can’t focus on a single task for long periods. Focusing on one thing for a long time is hard for your brain. When you are completing long tasks, it’s best to take short, and planned breaks.  Taking breaks will also increase the quality of your work.  When you take a break, you force yourself to take a few seconds to reevaluate. Sometimes you find that you have to adjust your work to increase the quality. In contrast, when you work on a task, without a break, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the work.  That’s why the 5-minute breaks are equally important as the 30 minutes of work. Take your breaks seriously — see them as a reward.  Use your break to walk a bit, do some stretches, grab a cup of coffee or do something that relaxes you. Feel pleased with the work you have done.  Today’s challenge is to give it a try: * Use your cell and set the 30-minute interval. * Assign just one task to every 30-minute interval. * Don’t skip your breaks. * Don’t check you email during your break. * Take a 15-minute break after 4 intervals. * Don’t accept interruptions or false emergencies when you’re in a 30-minute stretch. * Set a daily goal. For example; doing 10 x 30-minute intervals results in 300 minutes of productive work.  Sometimes we get lost in the lists and productivity hacks. The truth is that no matter what you do to improve your productivity—you still have to do the work. So you might as well get those 5-minute breaks to recharge.

Good morning CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders! Have you heard about the Pomodoro technique?
It’s Evolutionary biology - reminding us that our brain can’t focus on a single task for long periods. Focusing on one thing for a long time is hard for your brain. When you are completing long tasks, it’s best to take short, and planned breaks.

Taking breaks will also increase the quality of your work.
When you take a break, you force yourself to take a few seconds to reevaluate. Sometimes you find that you have to adjust your work to increase the quality.
In contrast, when you work on a task, without a break, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the work.

That’s why the 5-minute breaks are equally important as the 30 minutes of work. Take your breaks seriously — see them as a reward.

Use your break to walk a bit, do some stretches, grab a cup of coffee or do something that relaxes you. Feel pleased with the work you have done.
Today’s challenge is to give it a try: * Use your cell and set the 30-minute interval. * Assign just one task to every 30-minute interval.
* Don’t skip your breaks.
* Don’t check you email during your break.
* Take a 15-minute break after 4 intervals.
* Don’t accept interruptions or false emergencies when you’re in a 30-minute stretch.
* Set a daily goal. For example; doing 10 x 30-minute intervals results in 300 minutes of productive work.

Sometimes we get lost in the lists and productivity hacks. The truth is that no matter what you do to improve your productivity—you still have to do the work. So you might as well get those 5-minute breaks to recharge.

Consistently Delivering Excellent Customer Service!

As business owners and salespeople, customer satisfaction is our  #1  goal. HOW do go about delivering excellent customer service consistently? First, we must be available. As a customer, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to reach your point of contact when you have an issue. Train your team leaders and company representatives to utilize ALL forms of contact – phone, email, text, etc. Secondly, be responsible. If a customer has trouble, take ownership of resolving the customer’s problem and then solve it! And, in a timely manner! No excuses! Third, surprise them by over-delivering excellent customer service. Not only resolve the issue but take an additional step to delight them. Treat them with respect. Make things right. Provide a positive experience. Lastly, be human. Remember that your customers are human beings. Treat them well.  These ideas aren’t business hacks. They’re not strategic or cheap. They require commitment and investment. But for me, I want to be able to sleep at night knowing that my company is treating people well. Maybe my company won’t change the world, but at least in our little corner, we can do whatever it takes to make our customers as happy as we can. And maybe you can, too.  So, next time someone asks you what do you do. Answer: “Whatever it takes.”

As business owners and salespeople, customer satisfaction is our #1 goal. HOW do go about delivering excellent customer service consistently? First, we must be available. As a customer, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to reach your point of contact when you have an issue. Train your team leaders and company representatives to utilize ALL forms of contact – phone, email, text, etc. Secondly, be responsible. If a customer has trouble, take ownership of resolving the customer’s problem and then solve it! And, in a timely manner! No excuses! Third, surprise them by over-delivering excellent customer service. Not only resolve the issue but take an additional step to delight them. Treat them with respect. Make things right. Provide a positive experience. Lastly, be human. Remember that your customers are human beings. Treat them well.

These ideas aren’t business hacks. They’re not strategic or cheap. They require commitment and investment. But for me, I want to be able to sleep at night knowing that my company is treating people well. Maybe my company won’t change the world, but at least in our little corner, we can do whatever it takes to make our customers as happy as we can. And maybe you can, too.

So, next time someone asks you what do you do. Answer: “Whatever it takes.”