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50+ Healthy Lifestyles: 5 Barriers to Long-Term Success

I will share 5 barriers to healthy lifestyles for those ages 50+ that can inhibit personal success, and more importantly, what to do instead. Here are my top 5: Barrier 1: Not believing you can or should cook meals at home. This is a mindset issue, especially for those who spent years caring for others and preparing 2 to 3 meals every day. They express “burn out” and look for other options. They frequently watch the Food Channel, but rarely take the next step – you know the one where they actually get in the kitchen and use the utensils!.

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Defeat the Everyone Else Comes First Syndrone

Reflect, for a moment, on something you have wanted to do for yourself and let fear get in the way of a positive outcome – one where you chose to let fear get in your way. The following examples illustrate the levels of fear and steps you can take to overcome them. Picture the following scenes: Mild “Everyone Else Comes First” Syndrome You have found an online painting course you would love to take, but that’s when the kids play soccer. A “but” statement is the most frequent first response. What to Do: Because you are really interested in this.

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Personal Achievement: The 3 Biggest Barriers to Accomplishment

Personal achievement is challenging for many adults, especially those who want to move forward. When Mama is not there to nudge, snap and prod us into doing things, as adults, we need to recognize our barriers and get the 800-pound gorilla out of the room. I would like to share with you 3 of the biggest barriers to achievement. These are procrastination, lack of focus and lack of consistency. What do you think?  

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Self-Discipline – 3 Tools to Make It Happen!

If self-discipline does not come naturally to you and for many of us, it does not; there are several ways to develop the habit. Tool 1: Develop a love affair with time. Whether your days are heavily structured or loosely sketched, there are daily routines which need attention. If getting up is an issue for you, set as many alarms as you need and learn to leave the snooze button alone. If you work in a structured environment, heavy with meetings, assignments, and events, it is especially important to review your schedule, both before you go to bed at night.

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Failure – 3 Keys to a Grateful Perspective

There are several key elements to “overriding” our negative definitions of failure and viewing our experiences in a positive light. KEY 1: DEFINE FAILURE OBJECTIVELY. There are times when we do not see the forest for the trees. Let’s say that you have concluded a work assignment you are convinced was an abject failure – nothing good came out of it. You had been asked to lead a pilot project for your group and it was supposed to last six months. At the end of that time, you find that the results were not even close to what was originally.

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3 Keys to Successful Client Relationships

There are several key factors we need to keep in mind as we make these decisions and these come from our clients! Key 1: Problem Solving. Do we understand what our clients are really trying to accomplish? This is where we put on our detective hats and spend time during the beginning of the relationship and during critical touch points in the process. It does not hurt to have a general check list of questions in front of us when we are first meeting with them, especially if this is a virtual project. Are we prepared for changes in their.

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Dreams Can Come True

We dreamed so much as children, but for some of us, we somehow lost this wonderful tool.  Would you agree that if we want a difference in our lives, we need to evaluate where we have been and where we are now?  Then would you agree that we have to be willing to change, evaluate, plan, implement and assess to make the change worthwhile? I would love to hear your thoughts –

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Volunteering – A Spirit Boost

Just completed a two-day work volunteering opportunity at Bible Study Fellowship International Headquarters in San Antonio, TX. Amazing people and institution – would not have happened if I had not jumped out of my comfort zone. Would love to hear your stories of “out of the box” spirit boosting experiences you have had.

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Becoming a Master Student

Pulled a dog-eared book down today – the 6th edition of Becoming a Master Student, editor Dave Ellis. Google’d it and found newest edition, the 14th, due out Jan.2012. Fantastic resource no matter your age or occupation (great resource for your kids too) and available on Amazon for pre-order.

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Want to “wash” panic away at home and work?

Remember the scene from the movie South Pacific?  She wants to simply wash that man right out of her hair!  Of course, she realizes that does not fix her problem.  When you miss an appointment, deadline, meeting or at least are flatly unprepared, you have several choices.  You can panic – which is a very common reaction (and I have been guilty!).  Then what?  You take ownership of the issue and then look at the underlying problem.  While there are many answers, one of the key ingredients is typically lack of organization.  What is your recipe for creating calm out.

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