Tis' the season to be bombarded with new years resolution marketing. You know, the "new year, new you" kind of garbage.
The stuff that makes you buy a gym membership that you use twice and keep paying for every month. Or the subscriptions that you get sucked into that you never needed in the first place.
Every year the top resolutions are based around making positive lifestyle changes. Quit smoking. Loose weight. Start exercising.
I'm all for those kinds of lifestyle changes. I'm not for people taking advantage of you for their monetary gain when their products are going to leave you worse off than when you started.
You can't completely avoid the bombarding media messages but you can choose how you react to them. Here's three key tips to avoid getting sucked into the New Years Resolutions Marketing trap.
Do you currently use a gym membership? Go to fitness classes? Receive a monthly subscription box?...
This post will talk about how to build a killer workplace wellness program. Your employees expect that you’re going to have some type of service offering. Typically wellness programs are in place to help retain employees, and to keep them well so
that they can do the job they were hired to do.
I’m going to argue that often times wellness programs are very reactive rather than being proactive. Most employees expect some type of benefit in the form of a benefit
provider or a health care spending account. Looking at different programs that are out there, there are a few different tiers.
Your bottom or foundational tier are built around benefit providers. These are the big companies that can offer your employees partial or full coverage on services like dental, vision, or prescription medications. Depending on the provider, there may be coverage for paramedical services such as physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture. These are base level services- expected by...
This post talks about four ways that you can “Marie-Kondo” your business. This month we’ve been focused on the theme of simplicity. We covered a few different topics, decision fatigue- all of the decisions that we need to make and how to cut some of those out of your day. We’ve touched on mega-batching- the idea of chunking activities together into focused blocks of time to be more productive. Then we talked about where to start, by doing your highest leverage activities first. That approach will give you the highest return on your bottom line.
This post will pull all of those concepts together and look at how you create space and openness for the ability to be more creative. If you’re on the hamster wheel and constantly moving, you don’t have the ability to have space to be creative. Or to come up with new ideas. Or to be productive. You think that you need to keep moving forward. What you really need is to slow down and to create space.
This blog post is about focusing on your highest leverage tasks first. It’s a concept that Michael Hyatt talks about and I can’t wait to dive in. This month we’ve been focusing on the idea of simplicity. We’ve covered the concept of decision fatigue- all of the decisions that we need to make. We’ve talked about mega-batching- the idea of chunking activities together to be more productive. Today we’re going to talk about where to start first.
Michael Hyatt is a productivity expert extraordinaire. He talks about doing what matters most, first. Think about what’s going to have the biggest impact on your bottom line. What activities, if you did those consistently, every day are going to drive results in your business? You probably already have a few ideas on what you need to do. There’s probably a few key areas that are going to jump out at you right away so that you can be really focused. If you do those things consistently, you should...
This is the last post in the five part series. We've been talking about how leadership interacts with health and wellness. We started talking about how to be a better leader of yourself and in your family. Then we expanded out to your workplace and your greater sphere of influence. If you've missed those posts, pop back and have a quick read before moving on.
This post is going to tie all those concepts together. We'll talk about the six ways that you can be a leader in your own health and wellness. I want you to be the best version of yourself and I'm here to help you do that.
To mix it up, lets work through that list backwards:
Think about who your trusted, go to resources are. People that you know you're always going to get good quality information from. I hope that I'm one of those trusted people for you. If I'm not that's ok. I hope that you do have other people that are your go to sources. If you don't have someone, go out and find a person to know, like...
This post is about your sphere of influence as a leader. In this five part series, we've been talking about how leadership interacts with health and wellness.
I've often get asked the question about how can I have a bigger sphere of influence. How can I affect greater change? How can I help more people be happier, healthier versions of themselves? You may be considering a career change or looking to influence change from your current career.
Start by looking at your sphere of influence. It may be extremely big. Or it may be extremely small. Within your current sphere, how many people do you currently have connections to?
Let's start on the small end of that spectrum. Perhaps you're a new entrepreneur or small business starting out. Your influence is quite small. You haven't developed a big email list yet. You don't have a lot of followers on Instagram or social media yet. It's easy to question how you can affect greater change when you have such a small piece of the pie. Especially...
If you want your team to be their best, you need to be ok with them putting their phones down. To not be constantly connected, or give instant replies all the time. When you teach your team to have down time and to be able to put their phones away, it's a more cohesive message. It's in alignment with prioritizing health and wellness.
Consider how that applies to other things in your work environment. What other aspects of your job are in alignment or in discord with supporting health and wellness? Go through your business. Look at all the different components you'll be able to break apart. Practices that are considered normal or accepted. Are they in alignment with supporting health? After identifying the sticking spots, you'll be able to put in place new strategies and tools to help your employees be happier and healthier.
There's lots of different areas that you can make changes to. Every company is different. What works for one business, may not work for another. Some business...
This post is about leadership in your family and how it connects to your own health and wellness. I know that it's challenging for you to put your own health and wellness first because you feel selfish. Let's apply the idea leadership to how you can be a leader in your own family. Becoming a stronger family leader doesn't mean that you have to do more things. In that context, you can probably take a step back and do less than you are doing right now.
So what does leadership within your family look like? How does it relate to your own health and wellness? The idea of leading by example, doesn't mean that you do it all yourself. If you're a parent, there's a good chance you're running around the house with a ton of things on the go all the time.
At some point in your children's life, you want them to grow up and leave the nest. Part of that process is to equip them with the skills, tools and abilities for life. When they do leave, they'll be successful. It's the same as your exit...
There’s lots of information about how to be a leader of an organization or a group or in the bigger circles outside of yourself. There isn’t as much research about how to be a leader of yourself. Most of what I talk about is health and wellness, but leadership ties into this space really well. If you can’t be a leader of yourself how can you expect to lead by example for others? Or to be a more successful or productive leader within all of the other aspects of your life?
I’ll leave the leadership talks to the leadership experts in terms of how you run organizations. That’s a whole other ballgame. How you lead through yourself is definitely in my wheelhouse.
When we think about leadership, let's go back to the blog post from last week that talked about stoicism. If you haven’t heard about Marcus Aurelius’, the idea of Stoicism focuses on the contrast between our vices and our virtues. It’s the constant put between them. The idea of...
In this series, we've focused on how to be more successful in following through with your goals by knowing your why. The big motivating force to base your goals on. Then we deconstructed the steps you need to turn your big pie in the sky goals into small manageable mouse-sized goals.
This post will focus on even smaller pieces of the goal process. The stuff that happens during your day. The details that change on an hour to hour or minute to minute basis.
There's a philosophy of stoicism that teaches that virtue is the highest good. The readings and meditations by Marcus Aurelius are quickly becoming a Marie Kondo sized movement. By focusing each day on an intention - you'll have a starting point to focus on higher virtues and let the small stuff in life go.
Stoicism goes deeper than that. It's not just about picking a daily intention to help you to be a better person. It's about striving to live your life in the highest honor. Stoics believed that everything...
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