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Secrets to Success in the New Year – #3

12 Dec

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Today I enjoy *walking*!

(Fill the space between the ** with your favorite form of exercise.)

Successful people exercise consistently. My favorite way to stay in shape is walking. What’s yours?

Most of you know what to do but can find excuses not to do certain things even when you know it can add years to your life. What are your excuses for not exercising consistently?

My top excise was lack of time so I do it first thing in the morning. The second one has been lack of energy. That one has been solved because as I walk every day I have so much  more energy.

Consistency depends on motivation. I find that when I enjoy doing something I will make time for it. For that reason, I suggest that you provide all the reasons that you enjoy your particular form of exercise. Here’s my example:

I enjoy walking because…

  1. Walking gets me outside where I can be on the lookout for amazing hope rays on sunny days, sunrises when I’m early and sunsets when I am walking in the evening. Besides enjoying the beauty of creation, I get more vitamin D.
  2. Walking protects my joints and strengthens my ligaments without excessive soreness.
  3. Walking costs nothing other than time.
  4. Walking is fun to do with others as it allows me to talk or pray with my walking partner.
  5. Walking is strength bearing so it helps my body build stronger bones.
  6. Walking strengthens my heart and firms my muscles.
  7. Walking clears my mind and protects me from mental decline.
  8. Walking lowers the risk of diseases like diabetes and several forms of cancer.
  9. Walking improves my mood because it releases endorphins.
  10. Walking increases my energy level.
  11. Walking improves insomnia.
  12. Walking improves circulation by increasing heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
  13. Walking improves my breathing
  14. Walking helps me maintain or lose weight.
  15. Walking adds years to my life so I live longer and enjoy those years more than thoseo who do not exercise.

 

You make time to do what you enjoy doing. When you focus on the benefits the exercise provides your motivation increases as well.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speakerwho transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experiences with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

 

 

Happy Friday

21 Oct

happy-national-pumpkin-cheesecake-day-1Today is another foodie national holiday! Are you ready for this one? National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Now I can certainly get on board with that one – for sure!

Here I go sharing another ridiculous national holiday to celebrate the fact that it is fall, it is Friday and it is fun!

Here are some questions to think about when you are looking at your ideal customer:

  1. What would attract them most?

I have noticed the increase of pictures in menus because the visual appeal of the food items can certainly make our mouths water.

2. What are the good experiences they have had before?

Find ways to capture feedback from our customers and share it freely on Social Media and other ways.

3. What’s something extra that you offer that your competition does not?

This does not have to complicated or expensive. It’s the small things that matter the most.

Please join the discussion to answer these questions. It will be fun to see what you are doing.

While you are pondering these questions go order a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake. After all, it’s your duty since this a National Holiday. Check it out! I didn’t make this one up.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world. 

 

Enjoying Life

18 Oct

happy-national-chocolate-cupcake-day

What’s your favorite cupcake? I have to say that mine is chocolate.

As I was looking at the list of National Holidays I stumbled across this one.

No one knows for sure how this holiday started but it sure sounds like a fun one to honor!

So set as your #TuesdayMotivation to reward yourself with a chocolate cupcake or whatever flavor is your favorite. Make sure it’s a task you have been putting off or dreading.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world. 

Seven Creative Ways to Stay Motivated

9 Jan

Discover your passion and you will always be motivated - quote from Karen Sebastian of HOPEpreneurs.What’s your motivation quotient? Was it a great week full of accomplishments or were you struggling to get through the days? Did you take on too much as you started the new year?

For the sake of this topic, I would like to give the HOPEpreneur definition of the word motivation: the internal drive to carry out what is important to us. It is closely aligned to what motivates us and what we are passionate about. It is personal and will grow when shared with others who share our passion.

Here are seven creative ways to keep the motivational flame burning brightly to do keep moving forward toward success (For sake of a practical example, I will be talking about find the motivation to write the HOPEpreneur blog that you are reading):

1. Tap into your true motivation.

When we align our goals with what truly motivates us, we will find the stamina to follow through with them. For example, my passion is to make a difference in the lives of women entrepreneurs. As a result, I have found increased my motivation to write this blog as I hear back from readers who find it helpful. What motivates you?

2. Celebrate every step in the right direction.

Set small goals that keep you moving forward. I set a goal of ten blogs and you are reading the eleventh one.  Now I am going to write some blogs to have ready to go for when my travel schedule picks up next year. What’s a small goal you can set that you will celebrate when you accomplish it?

3. Accept setbacks as reality check points.

Initially, I set my goal to write three blogs a week to get me established and build up my mailing list. I still want to do that but am happy when I can get two blogs out there. If I re-frame the setback, I see that this is not a failure but rather a reality check depending on my schedule. What milestones have you set in place to mark your progress?

4. Acquire an accountability partner.

Find someone who will check back with you to see if you completed what you set out to do. This is the reason that organizations like Weight Watchers are so successful. Pick someone you trust and who will urge you to keep going if you get derailed. Who will you ask to celebrate your next accomplishment with you?

5. Get moving.

Literally, get up and walk around when ready to stop. Avoid the temptation to go online because you can burn up time very quickly in that venue. Set your timer and go for a walk around the block. Put some music on and dance to your favorite tune. Moving releases endorphins which help the creative process. What’s your plan when you want to stop? Where are you going to walk?

6. Believe you can.

This sounds like such a ‘no brainer’ doesn’t it? When it comes to our stretch goals, most of us talk ourselves out of what we want to accomplish long before we give it a chance to succeed. I meet people every day who tell me that they are terrible writers. Start small and persist. Follow through and improve your writing every day. The best way to do that is to write. What do you tell others about that stretch goal you’ve set for this year?

7. Have fun.

Read the comics or watch a funny movie. Go spend time with friends that share your sense of humor. The more you laugh, the more creative you will be. What helps you laugh? I, for one, have learned to laugh at myself and find many opportunities every day to laugh.

Karen Sebastian is a serial entrepreneur who wants to help you succeed in your business. Subscribe to this blog for more inspiration on how to become a HOPEpreneur.

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