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This You Tube video was brought to my attention by my friend and colleague Stan Perkins of the Growth Coach. A question for entrepreneurs and business owners. How much time gets spent getting ready to get your “stuff” (being the activities that actually create income in your business) done? Then apply the definition over to any change you are trying to make for personal improvement or achievement, like losing the extra weight, improving the relationships or the continuing education that will increase your value in the market place.

Don’t let procrastination cheat you out of this eighty one seconds of humor, insight and motivation. Watch the video NOW and go out there and get your stuff done!

Squeaky Wobbly Chair

The squeaky wobbly chair

“I have never let my schooling interfere
with my education.”

– Mark Twain

The Squeaky Wobbly Chair

Recently, I was ensconced at one of my favorite coffee shops and the discussion at a nearby table included complaining about the squeaky wobbly chair. Many theories were bandied about: inferior products, inferior craftsmanship, lack of maintenance and the bus person pointed out the fact that she sees men rocking back on the chairs – in fact a guy fell over backwards just the other day!

As I continued answering emails, checking Facebook and other important stuff like that, a theory began to form in my own mind…

Mark Twain was an expert at using humor to communicate ideas or truths, so I hope you aren’t offended at my attempt to grab your attention.

Many health and financial experts have begun citing obesity as the major health problem in our country, overshadowing tobacco as the number one preventable cause of death – yet as a society we choose to remain numb to the facts and our culture encourages the obesigenic behavior.

Last Wednesday The Growth (business) Coach Stan Perkins asked a group of us, what do you want written on your tombstone? I wrote, “Lived life to the fullest, made a positive impact, died healthy”. I’m not naive and realize there are circumstances outside of my control. (A year ago, I witnessed a woman die in the front seat of her car after being t-boned by a pickup truck.) But is that a legitimate excuse to ignore the circumstances that I can control?

Let me ask you the same question, “What do you want written on your tombstone”?

I haven’t met anyone who consciously chooses to die prematurely, or who chooses debilitating chronic illness preceding death. Yet, seemingly insignificant life-style and diet choices are taking many people down that path.

So, how can you frame this information if you have recently considered making a change? Frame is the key word here. Consider how you compose a picture with a camera. A close up shows the minute details and could be analogous to impulsive desires. For example, “I want that desert – right now!” There’s nothing else in the picture. But what if you back it up and include the context. “I want the desert, but it doesn’t fit with my recent choice to lose weight and become healthier, so I’ll have a cup of hot tea instead.” Then finally, you could take the telephoto shot where you can see a hospital in the background, but can’t see yourself in a bed being treated for a disease you could have avoided by making better life-style choices. That’s the “some day I’ll make a change lens”.

I’ve met a lot of people who have tried to make a change and failed and/or lost weight and gained it back again. Oftentimes they blame themselves for a lack of discipline or will, but as a Certified Professional Health Coach I’d suggest that is not the case. Personal change requires much more than “will power”. Successful change requires the proper tools, philosophy and skills. So if you’ve looked into the crystal ball and don’t like what you see, consider using a coach who can help you frame your choices properly and give you access to the tools and skills necessary for lasting change.

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