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How To Sleep Like a Leader

Posted By Chris Aird, With Purpose Business Consultants, Monday, April 2, 2018

As a leader within the company or as the top leadership executive, it can be accurately stated that you did not get to that position by only doing what was required of you or through minimal investment of your time.

It is also, safe to say, that through your dedication, determination, drive and sacrifice you have attained to this level of leadership success.

However, it is also important to remember that, as the leader within the organization, that many are dependent upon your continued success. Specifically, it would be your employees, your stakeholders, your family and above all, YOU!

Therefore, it is important to consistently invest in your well-being and one of the best ways to maintain your health, energy and drive is to Sleep Like a Leader.

It may surprise you that a recent survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review indicated that roughly 43% of business leadership surveyed said that they are sleep deprived 4 out of 7 nights a week

Consequently, a few important practical tips may be in order to ensure that you receive the adequate rest that you need to maintain your powerful leadership energy, vision and enthusiasm.

Some of those healthy sleeping tips would include:

  • Maintain a consistent bedtime hour.
  • Although keeping current on the events of the day may be necessary, the high-performing executive should detach from the world events at about an hour prior to retiring.
  • If experiencing difficulty going to sleep, check your diet and limit caffeine intake.
  • Indulge in consistent exercise through the course of the week.
  • As much as possible, detach yourself from communication devices at bed-time (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc.).
  • Instruct leadership staff to limit communication when you are “off the clock.”  Perhaps a separate number can be set up for extreme or emergency conversations.
  • Practical advice would include eating lightly at night as well as sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a sleep inducing environment.
  • Utilize homeopathic sounds such as running water or nature sounds available through inexpensive sound devices or listen to soothing music.
  • Take power naps during the course of the day at all possible.
  • Business travel is sometimes necessary – a few tips to manage jet lag may include staying hydrated, scheduling early arrivals, stay active, trying light therapy, etc.

Lead in your own life, take control, good night and sleep well!

Allow us to serve you and your business organizational needs as well as offering opportunities to mentoring your leadership staff.  You may contact us at (480) 280-6505.

Tags:  ASBA  business  business decision-making  business development  Business growth  business knowledge  Business Learning  Business Planning  business services  change  Employers  entrepreneur  finding your passion  getting unstuck  professional development  small business 

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PET PLANET Offers Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Monday, November 14, 2016

Keeping Our Pets Safe This Holiday Season

When planning your Holiday celebrations, here are two ideas to consider to keep your pets safe and healthy:

1.      Tinsel, ribbons, lights and shiny holiday items can cause severe stomach problems if swallowed by your pet.  Leave the lowest branches of your tree free of tempting things that may look like fun for your cat to play with or your dog to eat.

2.      Although brilliant for creating holiday spirit, Poinsettias, Holly, Mistletoe and Chocolate are hazards to our furry companions and can make them extremely sick. In your home, please keep those in safe, out-of-reach areas.

Holiday hustle-and-bustle can really stress your pets.  Be careful with decorations and food to help your pets live healthier, happier and longer lives!

Happy Holidays from PET PLANET . . . Your Pet’s Natural Grocer!

Tags:  arizona small business  career change  change  christmas  entrepreneur  family business  family-operated business  finding your passion  franchise  small business  Small Business Owners  starting a business  women owned small business  women-owned business 

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PET PLANET Offers Summer Safety Tip for Pets (and Kids)!

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Take a look at the attached chart . . . our cars become extremely dangerous places for kids and pets left inside . . . even when it's relatively "cool" outside!

Please . . . never leave children or pets unattended in your car . . . never, not even for 1 minute!

 Attached Files:
Hot Car.pdf (1.29 MB)

Tags:  business owners  entrepreneurship  family-owned businesses  finding your passion  franchise  Franchising  puppy  small business 

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PET PLANET Opens Newest Store in Queen Creek

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pet Planet ~ Your Pet's Natural Grocer ~ is pleased to announce the opening of our newest store in Queen Creek.  We're located next door to Sprouts Market in The District Shopping Center at Ellsworth Loop Road and Rittenhouse Road.

Pet Planet is a community based retailer with an uncompromising commitment to helping our pets live healthier, happier and longer lives.  Stop in today to see what makes us different . . . 

 Attached Files:
We Are OPEN.pdf (24.77 KB)

Tags:  business development  entrepreneurship  finding your passion  Franchising  small business  women owned small business 

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3 Vital Lessons I Learned From Being Afraid

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This was originally posted on The Good Men Project on July 19, 2015. You can see the original article by clicking here

I was petrified. I wanted to run. It was more than 25 years ago, but I remember it like yesterday. I was teaching my first class.

I want to run, but I didn’t. It might be the best decision I have ever made.

I was working as a computer programmer at an insurance company. At that point in life, I was embarrassingly shy. One morning I was enjoying a donut in the cafeteria with the other programmers. Brent, from the Claims Department stopped at our table. Brent asked me if I wanted to teach a class on computers through the local community college.

I heard a voice say “Sure.” Soon after, I realized that voice was mine.

Brent said “Great, I’ll work out the details with you later,” and he was on his way.

I’m not sure what kept me moving forward, other than maybe the thought that bolting out of room might make me feel worse.

As soon as he left, my co-workers burst into laughter. I said, “What’s so funny?” They said, “You can barely even talk to us and you know us. How are you going to get up in front of a roomful of strangers and teach a class?”

They had a valid point.

But, deep down I knew I had to do this for four reasons:

  1. I believe in keeping my word
  2. If I avoided it, I would always wonder what would have happened had I done it
  3. I wanted prove my co-workers wrong
  4. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it

I recall the first evening of class very clearly. There were roughly ten people in the class.

My heart was thumping, my voice and hands were shaking and my palms were sweating. I was a wreck, terrified, totally engulfed in fear. I’m not sure what kept me moving forward, other than maybe the thought that bolting out of room might make me feel worse. After about ten minutes a strange thing happened. I relaxed a little and noticed some of the fear was fading, like a fog lifting. A few minutes later, I sat down on the corner of the desk and the fear faded even more. After five more minutes I was cracking jokes and laughing. The fear was gone and I felt like I was right where I was supposed to be.

The class and I were completely engaged. Time seemed to stand still. I was in the state that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes as flow.

Every time since then that I have stayed with my fear, I’ve discovered something I love.

Even today, I am still amazed by the events of that day. In less than thirty minutes I went from feeling petrified to being in a state of flow. I went from being horribly uncomfortable to experiencing one of best moments of my life.

This all happened simply because I was willing to be uncomfortable longer than usual. Back then I didn’t realize what a turning point in my life this would become. By staying with my fear, I learned three valuable lessons:

1) I learned to believe in myself. I took an activity I had never done before and saw that I could do it and do it well. By staying with my fear I boosted my confidence significantly. This, in turn, made me more willing to try new things.

2) I discovered something I love to do. I absolutely love to be in front of a group, sharing my experiences, knowledge and insights. If I had let my fear win, I most likely would never have discovered how much I love being in front of a group. Speaking, teaching and presenting are a major part of my life and career now.

Every time since then that I have stayed with my fear, I’ve discovered something I love. It isn’t just some of the time, it is every time.

3) I learned how to stay with my fear. By staying with my discomfort, I proved to myself that I could deal effectively with fear. Each successive time I have done that it has become easier than the time before. By learning this valuable skill and repeatedly using it, I have experienced significant personal and spiritual growth. Had I not learned to stay with my fear, I would have stayed “small” instead of continuing to grow.

Many years ago I stood next to my fear and was willing to feel the discomfort. It was a huge turning point in my life that taught me three valuable life lessons.

How about you, are you willing to give it a try? Are you willing feel the discomfort of fear a bit longer than you normally do? If you are, wonderful blessings await you


Bob Wilson is the owner of Gilbert, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. If you need help getting through something difficult, contact Bob at (480) 710-0340 or to schedule your Free Consult. 

Tags:  adversity  fear  finding your passion  learning  personal growth 

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