What does it take to be a Successful Business Owner?

success_11Leadership, goal oriented, dedication, discipline – words such as these not only describe a successful business owner but a person who wants something more from life. Having a successful business may be attributed to science or a tactical formula and sometimes to luck, but one thing is for sure, it definitely has something to do with the qualities of the owner. A triumphant business owner has the motivation and has developed the habit to do everything consistently right. If you want to be successful in your business endeavors then you should mimic the good qualities of successful businessmen. What are these?  Read on.

Desire

Desire is one of the most important qualities you should possess. You must have the passion for what you are doing, do what must be done no matter what or make sacrifices to make your business a success.

Common Sense

Common sense is not so common nowadays. But it is actually the foundation of any successful business. You must have the knowledge and experience to make sound judgments which you will encounter. Common sense allows you to have a wise problem solving skills  to comprehend complex issues into simpler forms and get into the core to identify the problem and come out with sane solutions. They have a great problem solving skills.

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Health

Successful business owners don’t only have the skills to run their companies but they also have the discipline to maintain their healthy body.  Some businessmen hire a personal trainer to help them with their health program. They give high value on their health. Without a healthy body, an owner can never be truly successful in their business tasks especially if they are sickly. Physical fitness is essential to a successful business.

Lifestyle
Design

Business owners not only have discipline to maintain a healthy body but also have the discipline to get things done. They have a morning routine and plan the whole day. Their itineraries are carefully planned and they see to it that these are well accomplished. It is a matter of designing a lifestyle to fit every endeavor in your schedule. In addition, having a good lifestyle design gives you more control to balance every aspects of your life – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Never Give Up

In business there will be times that owners have down times, or failure. These failures are ways that make them learn. Instead of giving up, they have the resilience to go on and learn from their adversities and mistakes. They understand that there are things that are out for their control, and still they move forward towards achieving their dream of having a successful business.

Self –Confidence

A person who doesn’t have self-confidence can easily get frustrated, demoralized and resentful, which leads to failure. So, if you want to be a successful business owner you should have the self confidence which triumphant entrepreneurs have. These people believe in their selves and are not scared to take on risk and explore un-chattered territories and make difficult situations.

It takes a great deal of work to be a successful businessman, but with perseverance and discipline, know that you will be able to achieve your dreams and goals of becoming a victorious entrepreneur.  Don’t be discouraged with failures and problems; look at them as lessons to make you not only to be a better businessman but to be a better person. Acquire the good qualities of well known business owners and continue with your venture.…

Don’t Let Nagging Injuries Keep You Out Of Work

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Suffering from injury is not only painful, it can be a huge financial blow. This is particularly true when the injury happened outside of the job. Workers who incurred injuries while in the performance of their duties have some protection but for those who are injured outside of the job, the options are limited. If this is your case, although your choices may be limited, there are steps that you can take to prevent nagging injuries keep out of work. Read on to find out.

When injury happens, there is no point in being complacent. You need to act fast in order to protect your interest and keep your job. The first thing that you should do is to see your doctor in order to understand the extent of the injury. If the injury is severe, you may be admitted to the hospital and in this case, you need to inform your employer regarding your situation and how long you will be out of work. If the injury is caused by somebody else, you might also need to inform your lawyer.

The next thing that you need to do is to figure out how many sick, vacation and other leaves you still have to cover for your absence. This way, you will still receive your pay check and at the same time keep your job. After you have exhausted your leaves, you don’t automatically have the right to remain employed. If you can’t perform your duties, your employer has the right to let you go. To avoid losing your job, you have to do whatever is necessary to keep it.

Although it depends on the size of the company, you might be able to get some special arrangements with your employer. This means getting special equipment, different work schedule and even more time to recover. If your work can be done online, you might want to consider working from home. With the advent of mobile devices, a lot of things that used to be done in the office can now be done at the comfort of your home.

Physiotherapy Calgary

If you are from Calgary, specifically the SW of Calgary and a nagging injury keeps you out of work, you might want to consider physiotherapy as an option for a fast recovery. You can ask your doctor for recommendations for massage therapy to alleviate the pain and to correct your posture to prevent the injury from happening again. Massage therapy has been an integral part in treating injuries from athletes, workers, senior citizens and even children. This is part of an alternative approach to treatment that is steadily gaining popularity and Prairie Therapy is in the forefront of this development. Their approach is holistic and client centered and this means that all the factors that contribute to your injury will be checked the treatment that you will get are tailored to your specific needs. Remember, you need to do whatever it takes to keep your job.

 

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Morning Routine to Find Your Zen

Wake Up EarlyEarly in the morning, you will find the environment peacefully asleep. Noises are greatly reduced and it is easy to focus in doing something such as writing, workouts, meditation, etc. In addition, waking early in the morning allows you to feel something so unique and peaceful. Therefore, we can infer that waking up early in the morning is one of the best thing we can achieve. Why? Because if you wake up earlier, you can have plenty of time to prepare for your day ahead and you will easily accomplish everything with a peaceful and calm mind.

Benefits of Waking Up Early

You will be able to have more time to prepare yourself with the obstacles and work that you have to face throughout your day. By waking up, say, at 6 AM, you will be able to meditate effectively, reflect and focus in writing something. In addition to that, you’ll be able to finish things earlier and you’ll avoid rushing and doing things with adrenaline rush.

The Routine to Find Your Zen

Exercise

Exercising is a great way to tone your body for the harsh day that you’ll face. In addition to that, you’ll be able to awaken your body to prepare it for anything. You can easily execute anything with a fully awaken body.
I like to jump on my foam roller first thing in the morning. This gets the blood flow going and places me in a dynamic place! Once I’m done with the foam roller I’ll do some light exercises with resistance bands.

Waking Up Before 6 AM

Yes, or at least exactly 6 AM every morning. After that, just stay awake, just sit and reflect about yourself and what you want/need to do today and you’ll be able to execute them smoothly.

Meditation and/or Yoga

Meditation and/or Yoga is a great way calm yourself and it’s perfect to do early in the morning where there only a few distractions around you. Also, the calm atmosphere of early morning will help you calm down.

Be Grateful

Upon waking up, be grateful and have a peace of mind. If you start your day with a moody feeling, you’ll feel sluggish throughout the day and you’ll be having a hard time doing tasks, socializing and even enjoying.

Waking Up Earlier – How to Do it?

If you’re having difficulty waking up early, then all you need to do is to adjust your sleeping routines as well as some of your habits. The first thing that you can do is, of course, sleep earlier, but how can you do that? There are several simple ways to achieve it.

The first one is to make sure that you cut off any electronics away from you at least 2 hours before you sleep. That means if you want to sleep at 10:00 PM, make sure that at 8 PM, all of your electronic devices such as your PC, laptop, TV or iPhone are turned off or in sleep mode.

If you’re a coffee, tea or caffeine lover, the last drink should be at least four hours before you sleep. Caffeine is at peak after one hour and will stay in your blood stream for up to six hours and we know that caffeine is literally a way to stop us from falling asleep.

There you go, I hope you enjoy adopting your new lifestyle.…

Paddle Board Yoga to Relax

Relaxation is one of the best parts of being alive, isn’t it!?

Did you know the single most effective way to unlock creativity is to reduce stress? Reduce stress, improve creativity which improves your life & business.

Are you Paddleboarding? Then why not try paddle board yoga? Haven’t heard of it? That’s why you’re here, to learn what paddle board yoga is and why do it.

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What is Paddleboard Yoga?

SUP Yoga is a form of yoga but on the beautiful water. You can practice on the shoreline sand or in a swimming pool to obtain the strength and flexibility needed to keep up the balance and postures on fluid water, for example, the sea or a lake. Professionals and those with strong cores can start by traveling through a sequence of yoga postures, while remaining on a typical length surfboard or a specially designed stand up paddle board.

How to do Paddleboard Yoga?

As we have learned earlier, this is almost similar to regular yoga, but with an added twist, you do it on a stand up paddleboard. Before you start, make sure that you’re comfortable handing the board. Don’t be afraid though as it’s really easy and intuitive. Once you’re comfortable, you can begin doing paddleboard yoga.

Select a ySUP

Okay, maybe you’ve tried stand up yoga a few times and now you’re ready to make the investment. How do you choose a board? What types of things do you look for?

First we need to size the board. Too big and it’s going to be a boat to carry around. Too small and you’re going to end up in the water more often then not. That said generally speaking we’re going to want to err on the side of larger. The larger a board, the more volume the more stability. You want stability while practicing your downward dogs in the middle of the ocean. Trust me on this one :).

Okay, so what else? Well at the very least we want a pad or a mat to work on. Solid construction paddle boards are generally very firm on top. That doesn’t bode well. That said you can get pads that are made out of the same material as yoga mats. Pretty good right?

You wouldn’t do yoga on the bare class floor (hence why people have become millionaires selling yoga mats). Pretend it’s a classroom floor, bring your “mat”.

Better yet, buy an inflatable paddleboard. Paddlers Retreat offers some pretty in depth reviews on the subject. Onto the poses!

The Poses for your SUP Yoga

There are several poses but we’ll discuss the easiest to learn and best for beginners. The two most popular are downward facing dog and knee lunges. Let’s dive in!

Downward Facing Dog – Stretch That Back Out!

 

Begin on all fours. Spread your fingers wide apart and reach towards the edges of the board. Really spread them out. Place your index finger and thumb to the board. Twist your toes under and lift your rump in the air (and shake it like you just don’t care – kidding!) while snaking your neck around. Chip away at pushing through your hands, and lift your forearms way up into the clouds from the board, always reaching further with each breathe. Drive your sternum to your spine and activate the core, driving your heels to the ground to establish a strong pose. If your lower back is tight, use a slight bend at the knees. Hold for at least seven breaths or no less than 30 seconds. Repeat three times.

Don’t forget to enjoy your settings!

Knee Lunges

Begin in downward dog (the previous pose) and step your right foot forward towards the middle of your hands while setting the left knee down on your mat (oops I mean board). Keep your front toes pointed. Curl your back toes under your body for added stability. Your feet ought to be hips distance apart despite the fact that they are in two different places.

Make sure to drive through your heel and ball of your front foot – this is where you draw your stability from, and push through your toes and ball of your back foot – this is where you draw your power from.. Place your hands on your thighs for strength if needed. If you’re feeling strong in the pose, send your hands to the sky, palms up. Return to downward dog and reset your left foot forward. Hold each one side for five breaths or 30 seconds each.
Those are just two of the many poses you can do on a paddle board. It really is a great sport!…

Branding Your Small Business: Critical Steps to Success

BrandingYour small business is underway – you have a great service or product, a solid and unique concept. How do you brand yourself to ensure success? A great name and logo are a good place to start, but there’s much more to a successful brand.

 

Critical Step 1: Choose a name a logo that expresses your small business’ voice, and display it.

 

Depending on your products or services, and your ideal customer, you’ll need to think about the overall tone and voice of your business’ name, logo, and storefront. A boutique jewelry shop and a used sports equipment store will have very different branding voices. Once you’ve determined what kind of expression you want your store to make, you’ll need to design elements of your storefront to convey that message. Signage, inside and outside the storefront, is the first thing your new customers will see when interacting with your brand. Make sure you spend the time and money to display the same level of quality as your own product has.

 

Critical Step 2: Get your brand out in public with business cards, flyers, and other inexpensive print methods.

 

Get your brand recognized in your community. Approach other local shops and ask to display your business cards or flyers with your business information. Offer to do the same for them, and build up a small business network or supportive owners. In today’s electronic media-driven age, business cards may seem outdated, but they are still crucial to interacting with other businesses. It never hurts to send a customer home with a business card or two, as well. Having a physical, solid piece of your brand to hold on to makes a much larger impact than a simple post on Facebook.

 

Critical Step 3: Develop your Social Media presence.

 

That’s not to say that social media isn’t an extremely critical component of small business branding. The instant access for you and your customers to communicate is priceless, and virtually cost-free. Having a well-designed Facebook page, website, Instagram, and Twitter account are increasingly necessary for any small business trying to make it in the local scene. Targeted promotions, limitless availability to your customers, and instant updates of your business-hosted events are just a few of the ways you can use social media to increase your small business’ development and reach.

 

Critical Step 4: Promote more than your product – promote your brand.

 

Getting your customers to recognize and value your brand isn’t just about a quality product. You must invest the time and effort into having a recognizable and memorable brand, unique to you and your business, if you want to succeed at competing for your customers’ attention. Contributing the effort on the front end isn’t enough – continued maintenance and upkeep ensures your brand stays relevant as times change.…

From Reading To Creative Writing

 

creative writers aboutIt may have been Ponyboy’s introspective, thoughtful nature or Johnny’s desperate desire to hold onto a smidgen of optimism despite constant turmoil, or maybe it was Dallas’s loyal heart that was well hidden behind the tough exterior accentuated by a leather jacket and cheap steel toe boots, but somehow my young son related to the emotions attributed to the Greasers in the book The Outsiders.

Childhood Loves

My mother was an elementary school librarian, and to me, that was the best job she could have held. Every day, she had unrestricted access to books, and that meant I had unrestricted access to books. All I had to do was ask for a title, and if a student didn’t check it out, she brought the book home to me. Who could ask for a better scenario?

This unfettered access to books developed in me a true love and appreciation for creative storytelling. As soon as I could read on my own, I focused on the pages that told of love, mystery, and teenage angst. Authors like Judy Blume, V.C. Andrews and Stephen King received my undivided attention. Oftentimes I would reread…and reread…and reread…the same story, such as The Outsiders, one of my all-time favorites. Once I learned S.E. Hinton was only 15 years old when she started writing the story about the classic battle between the haves and have-nots, somewhere in my subconscious I knew I would be a writer some day, too.

Passed On Through the Generations

Although my love for reading creative stories never waned, my desire to cultivate my own novel or short story never bloomed. Rather, I found myself drawn to the world of non-fiction, reporting on market trends, healthcare happenings, and interviewing newsmakers. I still get to write, just not original plots borne out of my imagination

Then I became a mother of a voracious reader. Since he was a toddler, my son loved stories of all kinds, from picture books to classic science fiction adventures told by the inventive Jules Verne to making up his own tales that entertained us at the dinner table. As my son grew older and broadened his reading library, I introduced some of the books my mother would bring home for me, including The Outsiders.

I was interested to see his reaction. Would it be different because he wasn’t a preteen girl? Would he connect to the story that was written nearly 40 years ago?

To my great joy, my son was captivated by Ponyboy and his relationship with his brothers and their friends as well as the complicated existence between societal groups and the individuals who wanted to break free from the “acceptable” expectations thrust upon them.

Inspiring Words

The thing that really struck me, however, is the fact that my son has pursued that creative area I didn’t. He has used his love of the written word and great storytelling to create his own fictional short stories and manuscripts. My son has taken his passion for reading and turned it into a creative outlet through his own writing endeavors.

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Getting Creative – Redecorating Your Home

It’s is truly amazing how you can change the look and feel of an entire space simply by making small changes. For example, when you move furniture around it can give the room an entirely different look and feel. It is pretty remarkable. Whenever I host friends or family (which is a lot, I love entertaining) I usually mix up the room.  It’s amazing how many times I’ve been asked by friends if the couch is new, or if we got a new TV stand just because we simply made some small but powerful changes.

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Small Changes, Big Impact

One thing did recently, which has gotten rave reviews is change the door. I found an antique door and a really cool door knocker. Sometimes you can find really cool knockers on Etsy. This really helps set the stage, an impressive door makes everything else feel widely more impressive. If you don’t have the budget to do this I would suggest re-painting your front door. I had professional Vancouver Painters, re-paint the exterior of my home this summer and I had them repaint the door that I had just purchased. A new door, fresh paint and a knocker really goes a long ways. You could even repaint your existing door, just make sure you prep it correctly.  If you’re not going to hire someone to do make sure you get the right tools. You’ll need  a high quality foam roller and a good paint. I recommend an oil based paint for doors, it’s harder to work with but leaves a better finish.

Speaking of Painting – How About Changing The Color On the Walls?

One thing I do every spring is repaint at least one room. Now that might be a bit crazy, but it doesn’t take that long. I enjoy doing one or two rooms but if you’re planning on re-painting your entire house consider going with professionals. Remember that company that re-painted the exterior? I hired those same Painters in Vancouver to re-do the interior of my entire house. Let me tell you, if you’ve never re painted an entire house I would suggest you keep it that way. It starts out fun and after about the third room it becomes a massive chore. Hence why I stick to a feature wall or one room at a time.  Splash a bold red or burnt orange on a feature wall, you’d be amazed by how effective this can be.

Change the Furniture

I’m not talking about buying an entire living room worth of new furniture. I’m simply suggesting that you mix it up, swap the love seat and the sofa. This will give the room an entire new feel, you’ll be amazed. Best of all, it’s free!…

Creative Cosmetics & Cosmetics for Creatives: Adding Your Own Style to Makeup

 

eye shadowWith so many different makeup products, it can be hard to figure out just how exactly to use these cosmetics, and while most of us aren’t professional makeup artist, we look for the Internet for help. To learn technique is one thing, but if we only stick to the techniques taught through YouTube tutorials or style blogs, we’re all going to end up looking exactly the same!

What’s the fun in that? Makeup in some ways is a like a paint, and we are the canvases. We should use the makeup to express ourselves creatively; all while achieving that desired look to is unique to our personalities.

First, let me say that extremely creative or out there makeup is usually not what’s in trend. The girl who is wearing a natural look is going to get fewer stares than the girl who isn’t afraid of an eyeliner or eye shadow pigments. While there is a time that “out-there” makeup is desired, however, sometimes you’re done with the typical application process and want to add your own touch to every day makeup styles.

Color choices and application styles and techniques tell whether the look belongs to someone bold, shy, natural, sophisticated, modern or old-fashioned. Makeup allows us to have self-expression and individuality. Yet, often, makeup wearers get caught in a rut even though they may want to change it up. Breaking out of this rut can easily be accomplished by getting creative with makeup.

An easy way to first change up your look is take a look at your color choices. Choose colors that will make your eyes pop, or just choose a color that is your favorite for the day! Break away from neutral, beige tones that will seem washed up or overlooked. Eyeshadows with more pigments will offer color that will hold true all day.

If you’re lost for what colors to use, think of themes instead. Feeling tropical? Use tropical colors like pink or teal for eyeshadows, and a pink/ orange hued blush to create a warm effect.  Colors aren’t the only way to change up a look. Application of the color can give a creative feel as well! Usually, eye shadow colors are applied in a horizontal pattern, from inner to outer corner of the eyelid; a more creative choice may be to apply the shadow in a vertical pattern, from top to bottom of the lid.

And for the days you want to truly stand out from the rest, don’t be afraid to play with your eyeliner. Create longer wing tips and extend lines to create butterfly wings, cat eyes, or more definition. Adding eyeshadows and face concealers with glitter can add an extra shimmer.

Really the possibilities of creative makeup go as far as the imagination of the applicator! Don’t be afraid to explore and allow your makeup be as unique and different as you are!…

Cooking to Help Creativity and Relieve Stress

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Creativity Improvements through Cooking?

With the rise of two income homes, food preparation and cooking has taken a back seat to microwave ovens, processed foods and fast food drive-thrus. This shift away from the kitchen was first initiated in an attempt to alleviate the stress of working moms forced to juggle the multiple roles of work and family. However, the pendulum has swung too far from our knives, counters and cutting boards leaving many forgetting that, in reality, cooking is a wonderful venue to enhance creativity and subsequently, relieve stress.

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Cooking is Calming

There is something meditative about chopping an onion or peeling a potato. It is a return to that quiet place within us that nourishes our soul along with our bodies. Food heals.

If this sounds ridiculous or corny, try it sometime. Hone your skills at cutting a carrot, absorb the wonderful smell of garlic slowly sautéing in a little olive oil, enhance your creativity by adding or subtracting ingredients to make a recipe truly your own. Before long, you will not be able to wait to get into your kitchen.

Connect with Your Food

Our culture has seen a disconnect between ourselves and the food we eat, and this is not without consequence. Americans as a whole have become more obese, and our food contains a plethora of additives and ingredients most of which we have never heard of. Our meals are processed, made in assembly lines with the intent to be prepared and ingested quickly, and with that the fine art of cooking has been relegated to a luxury.

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Cooking as Creative Expression

Cooking is not just a luxury for those with time. It is a wonderful means of expressing ourselves, relieving the stress of our hectic days and reconnecting to the basic sustenance of our existence. The more time we spend in the kitchen the more we crave the opportunity to experience its lure. Fresh foods cooked by hand, or even recipes our grandparents were familiar with, will take the place of those quick alternatives designed to be nuked and consumed without any thought to the taste or nutritional value.

 

The more you cook the more you create and relax in the comforts of the kitchen.

 

Give it a try!

Cooking is more than just a means to an end. It is a cathartic art that when done right, can heal us of more than bad eating habits. So take out a cutting board and heat up some oil. Some people even find calmness in sharpening knives with a whet stone. It is now time to start enjoying the creative and relaxing benefits preparing and cooking our food has to offer.…

Unlocking The Right Side of The Brain

Left Versus Right

 

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Have you ever heard of the right side versus left side of the brain theory? To sum it up, the left side of the brain is the analytical side. It’s the side we usually operate in, when we make decisions we analyze and we’re objective.

If I do X, the possible outcomes are A,B,C,D, however if I choose Y the outcomes will be E,F,G. We do it all the time. Even the most trivial decisions often come from this type of thought processing.

Should I attend my friends birthday party?

Yes, because if I don’t she’ll be really mad at me. But I’m not really in the mood to spend the evening in a loud bar. I can’t really afford it either. But she came to celebrate my birthday even though she was sick. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to not attend.

Even, simpler decisions go through this process. What you eat for breakfast is often weighed and calculated.

Right Side of the Brain

 

The right side of the brain is where our creativity lives. When we tap into the right side of the brain we can often have realizations and ideas that otherwise wouldn’t have come to us. Elizibeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love did a wonderful Ted Talk about creativity and our muses or genius. If you haven’t watched it you should. Seriously it’s really good. She discussed a famous author who would be out in the field working and she could literally feel an idea coming to her. She described it as though the entire ground would shake, and she had to get a pen before it passed her. If the idea swept through the area before she could grab her pen, that was it, she’d lose it.

Where Ideas Come From

 

Have you ever noticed that ideas come at the strangest times. It’s as if they were ushered from some higher plane to you by some divine entity. There is no logical thought process, it just appears. That is the right side of your brain working. And it’s been argued that the only time, the right side of the brain is allowed to work is when the left side is quieted. This could be during yoga, or meditation. Perhaps, while you’re walking, clearing your mind. A lot of my best ideas occur while I’m relaxing. I lie on a foam roller and gently massage my muscles. It’s essentially a form of meditation for me, I quiet the left side of my brain and allow the right side to drift into thought.

We all have access to creativity, and for some it comes easier than others. But, the critical take away is find an activity to turn off the left part of your brain. Allow logic and reasoning to drift away. Find an activity that allows you to do this. For some it’s doodling, for others meditation or yoga. Allow yourself the time to not think, and you’ll find this is where some of your greatest ideas come from.

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