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Alright, I haven’t gotten on here in awhile, but a big part of that was a great trip that I took to Columbus Ohio last weekend! It was a Leadership Conference that I had been looking forward to for WEEKS and am SO glad that I attended! Put on by the LIFE organization, this was a chance to learn new ways to approach your life and how to actively pursue the life that you want. One great new revelation was the release of the Mental Fitness Challenge, something that I can’t wait to pursue and update everyone here on!

Another speaker, Mark MacDonald, author of Body Confidence, gave a great talk about something that really hit home. You see I’ve been working out, and yet I seem to have hit a plateau. There’s this ‘pudge’ at my stomach area that no matter how much I count calories and workout, I can’t seem to get rid of… Well he’s what I learned.

Counting calories actually will not cause you to get into your best shape! You see, Mark taught us that the trick is to stabalize your blood sugar, and that in turn will trigger fat release and burning, where as a spiked blood sugar, or one that is too low, trigger the body to retain fat. He explained that the way to do this is to have 5-6 meals a day that are a balance of sugars, fats and proteins.

The example that he gave us was a morning snack. Most people when eating ‘healthy’ would opt for something simple, like an apple. Well that apple on its own will spike your blood sugar, therefore causing your body to retain fat as opposed to shedding it. If you partner that apple with cottage cheese and some almonds, you’ve included a balance of the different groups and therefore that will help you to lose weight.

I will admit, I haven’t yet read his book. They didn’t have any copies available on site, and although I have ordered it now, it does take time to arrive… so my knowledge of what he is teaching is based solely on a talk he gave for about an hour. That being said, I will be doing my grocery shopping tonight with a different plan in mind! Time to put this is motion and see if its the key to breaking through this wall and finally reaching the size I want before the big day!!!!

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So I started reading a new book this morning, Bringing Out the Best in People by Alan Loy McGinnis. Copyright 1985, so its not a new book or new concepts, but how I wish today’s society could learn some of these theories SO much more than they currently do!

Imagine a world where when you go to work, your boss isn’t focused on threatening or punishing the employees, they aren’t focusing on just pointing out where you screwed up or what you didn’t do enough of… Instead they are focused on pointing out what you did do right, and then helping you to build up the areas that you could improve on. You enjoy talking to them because rather than a lecture, its more of a pep talk and a coaching session…. This is what so many professionals are pointing out is the key to leadership, and I fully believe that!

McGinnis lists 12 rules to bringing out the best in people. I challenge each of you to just pick 1 or 2 and try applying them for the next week and see what a difference it makes.

1) Expect the best from people you lead.

2) Make a thorough study of the other person’s needs.

3) Establish high standards for excellence.

4) Create an environment where failure is not fatal.

5) If they are going anywhere near where you want to go, climb on other people’s bandwagons.

6) Employ models to encourage success.

7) Recognize and applaud achievement.

8) Employ a mixture of postiive and negative reinforcement.

9) Appeal sparingly to the competitive urge.

10) Place a premium on collaboration.

11) Build into the group an allowance for storms.

12) Take steps to keep your own motivation high.

Now I know some of you are probably thinking ‘but I’m not a big business leader’, here’s the thing, we’re all called to lead SOMEWHERE in our lives… Maybe you have children, guess what, you’re leading them. What about newer coworkers that look up to you, although you may not be their supervisor they still are looking to you and so in an essence you’re leading them. Coach a sports team? Help run a church group? There are all sorts of opportunities….

So, 1 week, 2 of the 12 rules. I will be doing it too, and after the week share your stories about how it works for you. I am going to start by making failure not fatal. I am a perfectionist and often I find I have a hard time accepting when someone makes a mistake, and although I may not SAY something about it, I am sure my body and facial reactions give me away. I will also been applying achievement and recognizing it more in those around me. We all know how great it feels when someone points something out to you that you did well!

So who’s on board?

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