Nov 292008
 

By: Carrie Kukuda, The Someday Coach

Beat the average American weight gain of 7 lbs. from Thanksgiving to New Years Day

The average American gains 7 lbs. during the holidays. It comes at no surprise with all the food temptations & parties galore. Here are some tips to beat it.

1)    Don’t go hungry to a party; eat something before you go. Bring a dish that fits your health needs, which you like and you know you’ll eat guilt-free.

2)    Don’t stand or sit near the food. Mindless eating occurs every time. Move it or move you. Throw away your plate when you’re done and chew gum or hard candy to help you stop.

3)    Drink a big glass of water before eating, it helps fill you up. Scope out the table for the foods you have to have, choose smaller plates, and take a little of each. You can always go back for seconds. No picking! Be a food snob; if you don’t like something don’t eat it. Why take in the extra calories. Use caution with gravy and other high calorie foods. One slice of Pecan Pie with whipped topping is 800 calories, stuffing with gravy is 600 calories, and a cup of eggnog is 400 calories.

4)    Decide how many drinks you are going to have before the party, choose light, and alternate between an alcohol beverage (if you drink) and water (same goes for soda). This cuts out 100’s of calories and you still have your cocktails and soda treats.

5)    Tighten your belt and don’t loosen it and wear snug clothes. This leaves no room for overeating or a very uncomfortable day or evening.

6)    Only take home leftovers if they are healthy ones. You had your treat!

7)    Exercise the day of and the day after. Not to mention, when with friends and family find activities to do, which create movement.

8)    Have the treats it you have it only once in while; take a small piece or split it. Eat it slow, really taste it. If you end up eating too much, don’t beat yourself up. Do better the next party and keep your goals close at heart.

Use these tips and you may be able to keep your weight at bay.

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Nov 222008
 

There are dozens of companies out there both home based and brick & mortar I have seen people get involved with lately that realistically have absolutely no future at all. I hate seeing motivated and entrepreneurial people wasting their time, money and effort. Here are some tips in evaluating business opportunities created by the College of Business at Harvard:

1st) Evaluate the company. Is it a rock solid business? Has it with stood the test of time? Statistically 90% of business’ fail in their 1st year. Out of the 10% that made it, 80% of those fail within 5 years, and then of that 20%, 80% fall apart within ten years! Lots of statistics I know, but they are necessary when evaluating an opportunities longevity. Also, does the company have the capital and infrastructure to grow for years to come?

2nd) The Need in the Market Place. This is an area where I think people get lost. They are presented an opportunity to make what appears to be great money and then shown a product that is not fulfilling a need. Ask yourself is what you are offering a luxury item or is it a “NOW purchase” that will help consumers with a situations they are presently experiencing? Also, is it a recession proof product or service, or is it at the mercy of the economy?

3rd) The Product. How useful is it? How easily can the concept be replicated? I see company after company starting up, promoting people join and a few months later an almost identical company pops up and offers something very similar. Is the product or service something that can be replicated by changing a few simple components and will soon be offered in retail stores? And do you even see enough value in this product or service to even consider it a business opportunity? Please do not let people sell you on your dream, if you believe in the product/service you have a much higher chance at becoming successful.

4th) The Compensation. Obviously if you went to work for an entire week and then payday came and there was no check you wouldn’t stick around, right? I have looked into many opportunities over the past 3 years and have been told “You can make hundreds of thousands of dollars in residual income in the first 1-2 years.” This is nonsense. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is! There is a difference between residual income and passive income. Quick definition: Residual income– is compensation you receive for doing something one time and getting paid over and over again. (EX: Insurance, a service that is sold one time and as long as it stays on the books the agents continues to get paid.) Passive Income– Income you receive for other peoples efforts, if someone in your organization makes a sale you get a piece and as long as they continue to sell you continue to earn.

Once an item is purchased there is typically no more compensation. Wouldn’t it be nice if when a realtor sold a house they got paid every time the customer opened the door? Absolutely, but they don’t they get a one time commission and their broker gets an override (passive income).

5th) Timing. This is the most important area in my opinion. How many other companies are able to do what you do or duplicate what you do? Is it the right marketplace and the right time for your company? I like what a mentor of mine Anthony Teegarden says, “It isn’t enough to be in the right place at the right time, you must also be the right person.” Look at the market penetration and where the company is projected to go. Know that when a product of service reaches 2% market penetration that is what is called critical mass and it then become self evident and explodes into the market. That statistic is from the book “The Tipping Point” you should check it out!

This is a criteria Harvard Business College came up with and I think they know what they are talking about. So before you jump into a opportunity that isn’t going to deliver on its promises please, please evaluate it properly.

Have a profitable day!

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Nov 212008
 

When asked what value you provide to others what is your answer?

Regardless of your business or employment position what personal value do you bring to the table? Are you able to make or save people money, or just take it from them?

In business, and networking especially, it is imperative that you are able to differentiate yourself from the competition. The typical answers I get from people, when I ask what differentiates them, are “I provide excellent customer service,” or “We give more personalized service then others.” Since when is quality customer service and personal support classified as an impressive and differentiating quality? I want to say to these people, “Congratulations! You are doing your job correctly!” Doing your job the way it is supposed to be done should never be what makes you a more attractive person to do business with.

While you are out networking and building your business may I encourage you to spend  time focusing on helping other people get closer to their goal. You may not have a referral, but without a doubt you can have quality contacts that you know can benefit any business. Familiarizing yourself with other resources is essential in increasing your value. For instance, I have someone who has quoted every colleague of mine who has 2 or more phone lines well over a 20%+ savings on their reoccurring telecommunications costs. Not only am I able to make my friend money, I am able to save a potential client or colleague money as well. Wouldn’t you like to have someone around that can make or save you money as often as possible?

There are countless ways you can increase your value. Take some time to learn about other events going on in your area, what are good websites with valuable info, who can save people money, who are great resources to introduce others to? All of these are areas YOU have control over. Familiarize yourself with them and you will start to find out more and more people will want to do business with you. Not only that, but some people will even go out of their way to help you!

Good luck and get out there and make it happen!

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