Tip of the Month
Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month
My client Sue exclaimed, “I’ve put my life on hold. All I do is work. I’ve never been so tired!” With FNCE three weeks away, maybe you too are feeling overwhelmed. Here are few tips Sue and I worked on that could work fabulously for you when you feel like you are drowning in work.
I suggested to Sue that perhaps she was unhappy because as she didn’t feel in integrity. Integrity is doing what is right for your physical and emotional well being. She wanted to lose weight. She felt her job didn’t allow her time to exercise as even her off days were spent preparing training presentations. She wanted to spend more time in her garden and wanted to say “yes” to friends when they called instead of “being married to her email” every night.
What Do You Want
We focused on her vision of what she wanted her life to be – “Strong! Strong body, mind and spirit!! Passionate about exercise! Passionate about work!” Whatever you focus your attention on becomes bigger and bolder. If you focus on how terrible your life is; it will be more ridiculously horrible. So write down what you want. Maybe you are not feeling in integrity because “shoulds” and pleasing others have taken over your life.
Put Yourself First
The secret to loving a life you want to live is to put yourself first. (Sorry Mom and Dad). This is not about being self–centered and nasty. Rather, it is deliberate creation and using the Law of Attraction to attract the life you love. So, what do you do? First notice if your day is full of wants, like craving M&M’s or wanting to walk outside, or “shoulds” - which are duties or obligations or a sense of shame if you don’t do them.
Write Your Yes list
Make a list of standards (coaching word for your yes list) for self-care habits you want to do to energize your physical and emotional well being. Example: I will eat breakfast. I will go to bed at 10:30 pm. I will schedule a walk in the afternoon. I will not answer the phone after 9 pm (self-care time).
Finally accept RESPONSIBILITY for your physical and emotional well being. No one else can make you happy but you. Only you can give your energy away. You decide to whom and to where your energy goes. Patch up those energy cracks where you are giving your energy away. When you feel whole and living in integrity, you love your life and are even more generous with your time and energy and have more to give away.
Every day decide how to “get rid of the junk and keep the good stuff.”
Who is responsible for my happiness? (There is a correct answer!)
Here to help!
Tip of the Month: October 2014
Chere Bork, MS, RDN
My name is Niki Strealy and I’m a marathon runner. I love the way marathons mirror the challenges of life, particularly for those of us in private practice.
Nine Marathon Training Tips for Private Practice Dietitians
1. Pace yourself. I constantly remind my clients life is a marathon, not a sprint. Be careful not to go out too fast or you will burn out quickly.
2. Take fuel breaks. I jokingly tell my family it’s time to “feed the dietitian”. We need to eat too! As we tell our clients, plan what you are going to eat, so you can make better choices.
3. Set tangible goals. My racing goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. (I missed it by 1.6 seconds!) Where do you want to be in three months? Twelve months? Five years?
4. Create a plan, but be flexible. During my last marathon, my only fuel fell out of my pocket in the first mile. I had to change my fueling plan in the middle of the race. Start with a business plan, then roll with it!
5. Be confident and positive. During a race, another runner asked how I was feeling. I told her I was tired and hurting. She said, “No, you feel awesome!” Now I always tell myself I feel “awesome” no matter how I’m really feeling. Your own confidence and positivity will make a powerful impact on your clients.
6. Get the right gear. When running, proper shoes and clothing are important. In business, you need a good computer, software, phone, fax, and charting system.
7. Use your support squad. Enlist the support of family, friends, and other NE members (join the EML today!). Find a mentor, mastermind group, attorney, bookkeeper, and accountant. Surround yourself with people who will cheer you on.
8. No pain no gain. If running were easy, everyone would do it. Same with private practice. The effort you put in now will pay off in the long run.
9. Savor the victory. Having your own business is a lot of work, but the rewards are worth it! Share your success with those who have supported you.
Tip of the Month: September 2014
Niki Strealy, RDN, LD
Hi, I’m Jen and I am a people pleaser. I’ve said “yes” to too many things I should have said no to. Yet, every time I say no to something, I find myself feeling guilty and playing the “what if” game. Why is it that saying no is so hard?
When new opportunities arise, I have learned to stop and listen. It’s easy to get excited over the new opportunity and immediately commit, without thinking it through. Here are some things I consider before I say yes or no:
1. First, pause. There are rarely decisions over opportunities in our careers that require immediate action. Pausing allows us to listen, take a step back and evaluate. Our intuition is powerful, listen to it. Depending on the opportunity, I may pause for a few minutes or I may pause for several days to think it all through.
2. Realize I may disappoint someone. This is a tough one because if you are a people pleaser, you never want to disappoint anyone! This one comes down to knowing your values. Before knowing my values, I believe I disappointed my family with my tendency to overcommit. Being too busy, coming home too late, missing out on events. Now, because I know my values and I match those values to the opportunities that arise.
3. Recognize that there will be more opportunities down the road. A “no” doesn’t mean never and a “yes” doesn’t mean forever.
4. Saying “yes” to something, means saying “no” to something else. We pick our yes’s and our no’s every day. What’s making it to the top of your priority list?
I’m a recovering people pleaser and it still is a daily challenge to make some decisions. But with each decision, I find it a little more doable when I keep these tips in mind. I hope your decisions are too!!
Tip of the Month: August 2014
Jen Haugen, RDN, LD As a mom, Down-to-Earth Dietitian and farmer’s daughter, Jen Haugen, RDN, LD, loves to help moms nourish their families with food and faith. As a writer, television personality and speaker, Jen believes that moms really can change the world, starting right in their own homes. She recently presented a TEDx talk on “How Moms Can Change the World”, and even more recently transitioned from full-time retail dietitian to part-time school dietitian so she can more fully live her values by spending more time cooking and gardening with her family and working with food companies that value family too. Find her at www.jenhaugen.com and @jenhaugen.
Time. It's what drives us. It's what stops us. It can sometimes drive us crazy. I used to travel all over the country—across timezones. As professional registered dietitians, I'm sure there are plenty who travel. My number one suggestion is to be in the time you are in. That's it. Many times I hear people say it's this time here but really this time back home. This adding and subtracting is just adding to your stress and exhaustion. Be in the time your are currently in and your body's clock will most likely adjust. Once you stop worrying about what time it "really is" you can start to enjoy and appreciate the time you are truly in.
Tip of the month: July, 2014
Jessica Bowhall, MBA,RD
Distractions cost you money every day. Each time your phone bings, rings, or buzzes and you check it you’re losing money. Each time you check your email that isn’t schedule, you’re losing money. These things are all distractions that keep you from focusing on the task at hand. One study showed that you can take 25 minutes after being distracted to return to your original task. And, if you try to multitask, you lose, on average, 10 IQ points.
How do you combat distractions? Here are three tips for combating distractions:
1. Decide you don’t have to allow yourself to be on top of everything all the time. Turn off the notifications on your phone or have them all silenced except for the most critical ones. For example, I don’t get text message notifications anymore except from my husband. The default tone for text messages is silence. In my husband’s contact, I have a special tone for text messages.
2. Schedule times to check email. If you absolutely need people to reach you, setup an out of office message that responds to incoming emails letting senders know that you check your email at certain times each day. If the message is urgent they can call you on your office, cell, or other number where you can be reached.
3. Block out time in the day to work on your high priority projects – 90 minutes is a good time to target. When you’re working in these blocks, don’t answer your phone, check email, text messages, facebook, twitter, the news – anything!
These are just three ways to combat distractions. You can start with these then find other ways to protect your focus and minimize distractions in your life.
Tip of the Month: June 2014
Penny L. Wilson, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD