CHAMBER UPDATE

5 Pillars of Small Business Success

It has been a while since I’ve found an article interesting enough to use it as a “guest article” but I get asked very, very often what the keys to a successful business are and this article nailed it!

It was featured on the SBA’s website in January of this year and I’ve been going to share it for a while.  I hope it is interesting and helpful to you!

5 Pillars of Small Businesses Success

By Marco Carbajo, Guest Blogger
Published: January 13, 2015

 

What does it take for a small business to achieve success?Whether you’re already in business, or preparing to start a business, it takes hard work, tenacity and drive to achieve a high level of success. Lori Greiner, star shark of ABC’s Shark Tank says, “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.”

According to Elizabeth Wilson of Entrepreneur Magazine, while some 40 million businesses are started each year, a paltry 350,000 break out of the pack and begin growing and making money. So how can a small business owner overcome some of the common business pitfalls? Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC’s prime time reality series The Profit, knows all about determining the success or failure of a business. Lemonis says, “Business success is about the three P’s: People, Process and Product.” Here are five pillars that make a small business successful.

1) People

If you want your small business to succeed, you need a fantastic team. Russell Simmons, Entrepreneur and founder or Def Jam Recordings says, “Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.” A company can accomplish amazing things when it has leadership and a team who is inspired, hardworking and believes in the company’s mission.

2) Plan

“Quality is the best business plan, period,” says John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Pixar and Disney. Just about everyone in the business world agrees that having a plan is important. And that doesn’t mean the big formal business plan document you fear like a term paper. It starts small and may grow in time. At a start-up, implementation is everything. That means it’s essential to establish responsibilities, set goals, and track performance. You will also need to answer key questions, such as:

  • Have you identified your target customers?
  • What problems are you trying to solve for them?
  • What will be the most effective marketing and promotional strategies?

3) Process

Dr. W. Edwards Deming said, “85 percent of the reasons for failure to meet customer expectations are related to deficiencies in systems and processes…rather than the employee.” It’s crucial that you have a full and clear understanding of your company’s processes and have the right systems in place.

4) Product

Does your product solve a problem? Does it exist yet? Is there something that is out there that your product does in a different way? Is there a demand for your product? Success in business requires doing something you’re passionate about that fills a need in the marketplace. Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries says, “Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

5) Profit

When it comes to measuring a successful business, profitability is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Is the company making money? A critical component of running a successful business is knowing your numbers. “If you want to be successful in business, you need to become proficient at handling certain numbers. You need to be able to read and understand your financial dashboard” says Dawn Fotopulos, Associate Professor of Business at The King’s College in New York.

Starting and running a successful business can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. You as a small business owner should never stop learning, innovating, planning and growing. “Leaders spend five percent of their time on the problem and 95 percent of their time on the solution. Get over it & crush it!” says Tony Robbins.

About the Author:

Marco Carbajo
Marco Carbajo

Guest Blogger

Marco Carbajo is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle. He is a business credit blogger for Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp, the SBA.gov Community, About.com and All Business.com. His articles and blog; Business Credit Blogger.com, have been featured in ‘Fox Small Business’,’American Express Small Business’, ‘Business Week’, ‘The Washington Post’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘The San Francisco Tribune’, ‘Alltop’, and ‘Entrepreneur Connect’.

De Pere High School Transition Program Partnering with Local Businesses

Here at the Chamber we have many issues we are concerned with and we are constantly on the look for potential solutions.  Two of the things on that list are the current & future workforce as well our educational systems.  Recently, Christopher Guilette, Special Education Transition Coordinator at De Pere High School stopped by to tell us about a program he is coordinating and it is innovative and exciting!

At my request, he has written the following article about the program and how it is helping with today’s issues of note.  I hope you find it as interesting and informative as I did and, even more, I hope the program information finds its way to employers in our community where it will have benefit for both the business and the students.

De Pere High School Transition Program Partnering with Local Businesses

 

As a responsible partner with our families and the community, De Pere High School provides an educational edge that prepares all learners to be successful and contributing members in society. As part of that edge, the high school is striving to offer authentic learning opportunities for all students to prepare them for the world of work.

 

The school’s Transition Program is set up to give students with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their abilities and develop employability skills. Through the combined efforts of families, school staff members and business partners, we can truly make a difference in the lives of these young students who will become productive members of our community.

 

How can we be of service to your business? Opportunities that are mutually beneficial for employers and students are needed. For our students, it is developing necessary employability skills in an authentic learning environment. For the employer, this would be the chance to hire a deserving student who desires to learn employment soft skills as well as while meeting the needs of your business. In addition, opportunities for a school-sponsored job coach, support from parents and special funding from various resources may be possible.

 

If you are interested in working with a student employee who will appreciate the opportunity to learn under your guidance, hiring a student from the DPHS Transition Program may be just the opportunity for your business. To discuss the possibilities for partnership, please contact:

 

Chris Guilette

Transition Program Coordinator and Special Education Teacher

De Pere High School

(920) 337-1020 ext. 4621

cguilette@depere.k12.wi.us

1700 Chicago Street, De Pere, WI 54115

2014 Christmas & New Year’s Weeks Schedule

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To allow our staff and volunteers to enjoy the holidays with their families, the De Pere Area Chamber will have the following holiday hours during the weeks of Christmas and New Year.

Monday & Tuesday 12/22 & 12/23 – Office open regular hours (9am-4pm)

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Day after Christmas 12/24-12/26/14 – Office will be closed

Monday & Tuesday 12/29 & 12/30 Office will have shortened hours (9am-3pm)

New Year’s Eve, Wednesday 12/31 Office will have shortened hours (9am-Noon)

New Year’s Day, Thursday 1/1/2015!  Happy New Year!  Office will be closed

Friday 1/2/2015 – Office will have shortened hours (9am-3pm)

Our website is *always* open as is our mobile website

You can also find us and 200 other chambers of commerce via MyChamberApp:

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See you in 2015!

I made us late!

Hi all!  So sorry the Live Healthy Brown County newsletter is late coming to you this week.  My fault!  😳 I lost track of what day of the week it was!

Christmas Eve is just 3 weeks from today.  I know, right?!  Late Thanksgiving makes Christmas appear at warp speed.  I’m sure you are busy with your plans for family, friends and work celebrations as well as holiday meal planning, gift shopping and wrapping as well as trying to b-r-e-a-t-h to enjoy it all.  I’m going to add to your plate. (you’re welcome!  😉 )

I *really* urge you to find the spirit of the season by helping someone(s) outside of your own family – plus?  If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, helping someone in need will bring the blessings in your life into sharp focus immediately!  There are so many people in need in our community and if we all do just a little, we can do huge things.  As Margaret Mead said, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Here is a list of what is happening now and over the next few weeks in our community that need volunteers:

  • The Salvation Army of Brown County needs Bell Ringers.  Sign up at this quick link http://bit.ly/BecomeABellRinger or you can call the Bell Office at 920-884-3077. You can also email them at bells_greenbay@usc.salvationarmy.org
  • Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, Inc. is a truly No-Kill animal sanctuary right here in Wisconsin. Their original location is located in peaceful Marion, Wisconsin; however, they now also have a convenient Green Bay location near Lambeau Field and the Resch Center. If you’re in the market to adopt a furry friend you’d do well to stop there for a meet and greet. If you’re looking to work with animals but can’t take one home, well find out more about volunteering for HEA at either location. And if you really want to help out, but you simply don’t have the time or you suffer from animal allergies you can do great things by donating items from their wishlist. Follow them on Facebook, check out their website at www.happilyeverafterinfo.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul needs 2-4 people on Saturday Dec 6th and Dec 13th from 1-4p  help with moving fixtures (shelves) & furniture at the Weise Street location to shine the floor If you can help please contact Jody Kasten at 920-435-4040 ext. 107 or email jodyk@svdpgb.org.  Their website is www.svdpgb.org
  • Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore is accepting any and all holiday lights! Doesn’t matter if they’re working or not, if you don’t need them, want them, or are just tired of untangling them every year they would love to take them off your hands!  You can drop them at 984 9th Street, the Volunteer Center of Brown County.
  • Speaking of the Volunteer Center, they are in search of helping hands to shovel snow for seniors or people with disabilities this winter (bonus here .. exercise!!)  http://www.volunteergb.org/#!neighborhood-volunteer-connection/c1f3i

  • Toys for Tots is collecting!  Drop off a new unwrapped toy at De Pere Auto Center, 705 George Stree by next Monday and they will deliver!
  • Donate NEW, unwrapped, unmarked books that are fun for babies, children or young adults up to age 18 by December 10. New, unwrapped books can be brought to any Brown County Library (the Kress Family Library is on North Broadway) and Nicolet National Bank has many area locations including on North Broadway and 1610 Lawrence Drive.

Our community is a warm and wonderful place because we care about one another!

Those are but a *few* of the things happening in our community to let you give back a little or a lot! I’d love to hear of others and hear what you and/or your company are doing.

 

 

Healthy living through gratitude

The Executive Edge Challenge is over for 2014.  I didn’t hit my goals – yet – but it was a just push for me!  I’m about mid-way through the Metabolic Meltdown Challenge I mentioned and wow, I’m definitely melting and building tone & muscle.  Today though, I thought I’d switch gears a bit.

I have always loved November.  First of all .. the first is my birthday.  Second, I prefer cool weather to hot and I adore snuggling in soft, cozy clothes.  Third, having a reason to have a fire going is awesome.   Fourth, it is a month that begins with me saying “Thank You” for gifts and best wishes and ends in thankfulness.   I am thankful for memories & gratitude.

By nature, I’m a pretty positive person who looks for the silver lining in every cloud.  Sometimes I really, really have to squint to see it, but I nearly always find it.  I’ve been told I have a “sweet spirit” because I see the best in people and find it difficult (and not a little distasteful) to speak ill of people.  Before I’d heard of karma, I had the sense talking negatively about others would bounce back to me in some way.   One of the really good things my Mom always used to say was, “If they will talk badly to you about someone else, know they are very probably talking badly about you to the next person.”  I’ve always tried to keep those words in mind and not gossip about others.  I tried to pass it on to my children.  Time will tell how I did as well.

As part of my overall positive nature, I try to live with an “attitude of gratitude,” as I think it makes me feel happier.  Research supports that sense. One study from the University of Pennsylvania found that people who wrote and delivered a heartfelt thank-you letter actually felt happier for a full month after, and the same researchers discovered that writing down three positive events each day for a week kept happiness levels high for up to six months.

According to researchers at Eastern Washington University, there are four primary characteristics of grateful people, and these are the ones that thank-you notes and a gratitude journal can help tap, strengthen, and invigorate. People who experience the most gratitude (and therefore the positive effects) tend to:

  • Feel a sense of abundance in their lives
  • Appreciate the contributions of others to their well-being
  • Recognize and enjoy life’s small pleasures
  • Acknowledge the importance of experiencing and expressing gratitude

And, according to “The Greater Good” at Berkeley University, there are physical, psychological and social benefits as well:

Physical
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

Psychological
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness

Social
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.

As part of #NaBloPoMo month, I’ve started a 21 days of gratitude challenge.  The bloggers I’ve seen doing it started on November 1st, but I started it the 7th so my 21st day is on Thanksgiving.  For as long as my daughter can remember, at Thanksgiving dinner we have always gone around the table taking turns saying what we are grateful for.  They have always rolled their eyes at me and both my son and son-in-law each year say they hope I will forget about it, but I secretly think they like it too.  Join me if you’d like!  The challenge I’m doing is from a Facebook page challenge in May that I saw, but I found the author’s website as well.  I didn’t do it then because I wanted it for now!  Week one I’ll look to ordinary things in my life and find the magic in them. Week two, I’ll focus on past and present experiences and I’ll spend the final week being grateful for the people in my life.

I found another one if you want to do the challenge as a family or as more of a parent perspective.   Here are the prompts for the one I’m doing:

Gratitude Challenge

You can blog about these, put them on social media, keep a journal or just stop and think about them for yourself.  There is no magic formula, just do it!
Day 1: Notice the things that bring you JOY
Day 2: Take a moment to think about the things that make your life easier
Day 3: Be grateful for something beautiful in your life.
Day 4:  Today is all about food! Treat yourself to something delicious today. Be present in the moment and grateful for that experience.
Day 5:  Today’s gratitude challenge is all about your favorite color
Day 6: Today we’ll focus our gratitude on something we couldn’t (or wouldn’t) want to live without
Day 7: Fill in the …  “Today I am Grateful For …”
Day 8: A place you are grateful for.
Day 9- Focus your gratitude on stories that you have read or seen. (i.e. can book film or play)
Day 10: The calming experience or serenity in you day
Day 11: Your mom or mother-figure
Day 12: A first experience that you were/are grateful for
Day 13: Today’s gratitude is for those moments that make you laugh until your stomach hurts
Day 14: No, not algebra, no need to solve, just fill in the “x” and “y” – “I am grateful for (x) because (x)”
Day 15: Say thank you to someone. And really mean it!!
Day 16: The people/person in your life who inspire(s) you.
Day 17: Friendships, both near and far, new and old.
Day 18: The teachers you have had
Day 19: Your miraculous body
Day 20: All the love in your life. All the people you love and who love you in return.
Day 21:  Fill in the … “Today I am grateful for …”

National Veterans Small Business Week

We join the U.S. Small Business Administration in celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week!

The military trains soldiers with the skills, discipline and leadership necessary to kick start and operate a successful business.  After serving in the military, many veterans return home and choose to run a business.  As small business owners, veteran entrepreneurs are able to pursue their passion to serve our country by creating jobs and spurring economic growth.  Veterans possess the skills, discipline, and leadership necessary to kick start and operate successful businesses.  This week we honor veteran business owners with National Veterans Small Business Week.

With over 21 million veterans in America and more than 250,000 service members transitioning from the military annually, SBA is focused on ensuring that they have access to the capital, counseling, and contracting needed to start and grow successful businesses.

Veteran business owners…

  • Are responsible for nearly one out of every ten small businesses in America
  • Employ nearly six million workers
  • Generate over 1.5 trillion dollars in receipts each year
  • Are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans

National Veterans Small Business Week Events

See what National Veterans Small Business Week events are happening in your area.Download Adobe Reader to read this link content (hint .. the closest to Northeastern Wisconsin are in Milwaukee)

SBA Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs:

Social Media Engagement

For National Veterans Small Business Week, SBA has created the hashtag #MyVetBiz to encourage veteran business owners to share their stories and to encourage community members to highlight local veteran-owned businesses in their community and show their gratitude and support.  We’d love for you to join the conversation.

To workout or not to workout – that is the question

Never fear, I will not be launching into the soliloquy in the “nunnery” scene of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Today is a more mundane, though still important and hopefully far less complicated topic!  Flu season is coming quickly and folks already seem to be passing around various maladies.  Our newsletter editor has had a head cold, I had a stomach yuck a few weeks ago (I think my son shared it with me) and when I went to bed last night, my head was feeling stuffy.  I took some Airborne and have taken it twice today.  *handwaving the validity of it* Then, when I woke this morning, my throat felt sore, so I’ve been gargling with warm salt weather and drinking Throat Comfort Tea.  I’m trying to take as good of care of myself as I can.  However, I’m not *well*.  I’m not sick, but not well. I have week 3 of my Metabolic Meltdown class tonight and I’m going to go, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the “should I or shouldn’t I” thoughts have been crossing my mind.

My general rule of thumb is unless I’m uber-uber-sore (see last week’s post on rest days), nauseous (or vomiting) or running a fever, it is off to workout for me.  I was thinking about it though (political commercials notwithstanding, I believe in truth in advertising and all …) so I did some research.  Here is what I found on WebMD (hint, I was right!):

  • Fever is the limiting factor, says Lewis G. Maharam, MD, a New York City-based sports medicine expert. “The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker,” he tells WebMD. If you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, sit this one out.
  • “Do what you can do, and if you can’t do it, then don’t,” he says. “Most people who are fit tend to feel worse if they stop their exercise, but if you have got a bad case of the flu and can’t lift your head off the pillow, then chances are you won’t want to go run around the block.”
  • “The general rule is that if it is just a little sniffle and you take some medications and don’t feel so sick, it’s OK to work out. But if you have any bronchial tightness, it’s not advisable to be working out.”
  • As always, common sense applies folks and know your limits: “If you are feeling kind of bad, you may want to consider a walk instead of a run. Take the intensity down or do a regenerative activity like yoga or Pilates because if you don’t feel great, it may not be the best day to do your sprints,”
  • “A neck check is a way to determine your level of activity during a respiratory illness,” adds Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, then it’s OK to exercise,” he says. “If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, and fatigue, then it’s time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside.”

Here is the good news if you are a regular exerciser:

Exercise in general can help boost your body’s natural defenses against illness and infection, Schachter says. “Thirty minutes of regular exercise three to four times a week has been shown to raise immunity by raising levels of T cells, which are one of the body’s first defenses against infection. However, intense 90-minute training sessions like those done by elite athletes can actually lower immunity.”

A final note of caution and a plea, please:

It’s one thing if you decide to exercise when sick, but how do you keep from spreading it to others in the gym? And what about you if they are the ones exercising with a cold?

“Be careful that you are not blowing your nose constantly. And you should be using a towel and putting it down on every surface you touch and wiping it off when you are done,” says Equinox’s Coopersmith.  (Most gyms have wipes to clean off equipment when you are done or have towels and spray cleaner.  You use them to wipe off sweat … use them to wipe off germs!)

“The value of hand washing cannot be overstated,” Schachter says. “I recommend washing hands before and after using the restroom, before meals, after using public transportation, and after returning home from school or work.”

Also carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel in your gym bag to use when you realize that you have come into contact with someone who is sneezing or coughing.

A note from Cheryl … this week ends the 2014 Executive Edge.  I joined and set a goal to win it this time.  I’m competitive that way!  I didn’t win (the scores aren’t in yet, but I know my own so I know), but I feel really good.  I’m “back in the saddle” and getting stronger, more fit and more healthy all the time.  For me, that is the real goal.  To feel better this year than last.  Most importantly, to reassert my healthy lifestyle.  Those goals I hit!  Thanks for the words and thoughts of encouragement.  6 more weeks of Metabolic Meltdown and I’m excited to see my results from it!

First Tuesday in November


Editor’s note … Just in case, I want to remind readers the creator of this post is a person writing this blog not “the Chamber” …

I’m grateful it is Tuesday, November 4th.  Sweet Lord in heaven above, after today, a break from the horrid ugliness our political process has become.  If you haven’t voted yet, use the tool above to find out where you can go to do so plus find out what is on your ballot.  Every election, here at the Chamber we get a good number of phone calls asking for voter information, i.e. where they can vote, how they register and the non sequitur for me, who they should vote for.

I voted.  I proudly voted.  I’ve voted in every election I have been legally been able to vote in since the day I turned 18 – literally!   The Presidential Election of 1980 was exactly 34 years ago today and I was 18 years, 3 days old.  I had to register nearly a month before my 18th birthday and needed the supervisor’s supervisor to explain, “yes, she can register to vote before she is 18.  The election is after she is 18.  It is legal.  Just register her.”    I voted then and every time since.  My kids say if there was an election on a Tuesday on the Moon, I’d find a way to get my vote cast.  It is amazing to me that a mere 42 years before my birthday, being a US citizen of voting age it would still have been illegal for me to vote solely because of my gender.  It is even more amazing to me that had I been born with different color skin I would have not been legally allowed to vote had I been of legal age until 3 years later.

Voting is easy here in Wisconsin.  A voter I.D. law was passed here in Wisconsin, but was struck down last month. For the record,  I’m not pro-making voting more difficult.  Until we have more people showing up than are eligible or someone showing up to be told they already voted, then we do not have a problem.   If voting where you are is difficult or complicated, then that is *precisely* why you should vote.  If you think voting is too easy and too many people who shouldn’t vote, are voting, then you should vote.  If you like the voting laws where you are, then vote to support them.

I love and adore my country, but have a healthy fear and reasonable mistrust of my government.  Just as the Founding Fathers intended us to do.  I read, I listen, I ask questions, I research the background behind a PAC or “supported by” group to understand their perspective, I follow the money .. then I vote.

Regardless … go vote!! VOTE!!! Vote like your life, your family and your children depend on your vote. Because.they.do.

 

I love this photo so I’m sharing it.  awomansplace

Days of rest

Today is a day of rest for me.  I usually take rest days on Friday and Sunday, but sometimes Wednesday and Sunday.  This week today is definitely a day of rest.  A much needed one.  While I wasn’t in the gym over the weekend,  I did some tabatas at home as part of the Metabolic Meltdown session I’m doing and I raked/did yard work for 8 hours between Saturday and Sunday.  I burned 893 calories during Sunday’s activity alone!  Sunday was NOT a rest day for me.  Today, I woke and knew I needed the rest.  I felt a tiny little niggle of guilt at the back of my mind, but I know rest days are critical when training or staying with any workout lifestyle.

We count steps, active minutes, and calories burned/consumed. These are all important pieces of data that help us live healthier, more active lives. But we often don’t stress the important of rest and why your body needs days off.

From Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathon man:

1.Rest Prevents Injury – It’s common sense that resting is beneficial for injury reduction, but why? Well for starters, rest days prevent overuse. That extends from running to lifting and even walking. If you’re a regular runner, you know how much your legs and feet can take until you just need a day off. If you push it too hard without a break, your muscles and joints suffer from overuse and that’s where injuries can happen.

2. Your Muscles Need Rest – This is likely the first thing you learned about strength training. When you lift weights, you’re essentially tearing muscle fibers. But without a proper period of rest for your immune system to repair and grow the muscle, you’re not going to get the benefit of your training. That’s why you need to vary the muscle groups you engage on staggered days.

3. Your Performance Won’t Dip – In general, it takes your body almost two weeks of non-activity before you start losing a noticeable amount of your progress or performance level. So don’t think that taking a day or two off from training will set you back all that hard work you’ve put in.

4. Over-training Affects Sleep – Is your sleep data all over the place? Over-training could be the culprit. Too much exercise can put your body in a constant state of restlessness or on high alert making a good night’s sleep tough to achieve. A telltale sign is an increase in your resting heart rate. Taking those rest day can help bring down your alertness and heart rate, which can help get you a night of sound sleep.

5. Your Immune System Can Overheat – During periods of heavy activity, our immune systems are constantly activating to repair muscles and joints. Without proper rest, your immune system can’t catch up to all the repairs your body needs. And then? You guessed it: injuries.

6. Mental Edge – From a psychological standpoint, taking a rest period can rekindle your hunger for exercise and help prevent burnout. Mental fatigue can be every bit as detrimental as physical fatigue and taking a rest day helps to recharge the psyche.

 

So, rest!  Rest when you need it.  Sometimes rest when your mind thinks no but your body says yes!

Rest is as important as fueling your body correctly to working out effectively and having good health.  Slow down, fuel up and hit it again the next day  (or maybe the day after that … it is your body – listen to it!).

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Of comfort zones and jumping out of them!

I’m not a super adventurous kind of athlete.  I actually *really*, *really*, *really* hesitate to use the word “athlete” to describe me at all.

Full Definition of ATHLETE

:  a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina

Examples of ATHLETE

  1. Athletes from around the world will be competing at the Olympics.
  2. She was quite an athlete as a child.

Origin of ATHLETE

Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, fromathlein to contend for a prize, from athlon prize, contest

First Known Use: 15th century
Not me.  I am more like the Energizer Bunny … I just keep going but not anything remotely resembling “elegant” or “graceful” or looking good during or afterward.  In fact, this is me:
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So, for me to get out of my comfort zone with what I’m doing for my workouts is pretty hard.  I’m thinking most of you who are working through the process of lifestyle change are the same, right?
Well, beginning this week and for the next 8 weeks,  I am not only stepping out of my comfort zone but am leaping about 3 counties out of my comfort zone.  Led by the amazing Kari Merrill,  Group Fitness Director at Western Racquet , 25 amazing women (and, well, me)  are taking part in the “Metabolic Meltdown AMPED UP” program.  It is 8 weeks of hard core fitness, fun, sweat, support and HOMEWORK.  Holy.Bears. the homework is intense.  Like scary intense.
But, I need a change.  A push.  My Fitness Energizer Bunny batteries, after nearly 3 full years, are running down and they need to be changed out.  I know this will be so hard, but it is what I need.  So, if  like me:
  • you are feeling stuck …
  • feeling like you are no longer making progress …
  • feeling like your get-up-and-go for fitness has gotten-up-and-left …

 

then I encourage you – no I challenge you to jump out of your comfort zone!  There are a zillion different things you can try … add weights, use the Arc Trainer instead of the Treadmill, do a class, try heated yoga, play racquetball, meet with a personal trainer.  Whatever you have been doing, just do something different and new and scary. You can only get better and more healthy.  And if you hate it, you will have other choices to try.

Here is the motto for the rest of 2014:
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Let me know what you do!