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Love as a Business Solution

Is it possible that the power of love can be a business solution? We believe it can.

Most business solutions are geared to increasing the bottom line: more profits that create supposedly bigger and better outcomes.

Love as a Business Solution
Love as a Business Solution
If you are an entrepreneur or would like to be in the near future, it is important to understand why people buy.

Most customers, clients, or consumers purchase products or services on an emotional level.

Purchasers expect something in return. Yes, they are buying goods and services; however, underneath it all, they are emotionally buying YOU! They are buying your energy. They are unconsciously buying a feeling that they get when they interact with you or your product or service.

Yes, we are all in business to create financial security. Money is the energy used by most people on our planet as a means of exchange for goods and services; however, if money is your ‘why’ for being in business, then we suggest you re-think your position.

Most people believe that to be successful in business requires us to make it happen. To do this means we must buy into a belief system that says success requires long hours, hard work, staying ahead of the competition and doing whatever it takes to increase the bottom line.

The truth is that motivation for profit alone is a major contributing factor to Entrepreneurial Burnout, anxiety and failure.

The truly successful business owners and entrepreneurs are those individuals who have a variety of common traits and characteristics. These traits and characteristics typically carry a high quality energy that says ‘love is my business solution.’ Some prime contemporary examples of this love energy are Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Oprah Winfrey and the late Steve Jobs of Apple.

Here is a short list of some of the traits and characteristics that ultimately created great success for each of these individuals. Realize that they each used love, consciously or unconsciously, as their business solution.

1. Make ‘being of service’ to others the first priority.
If you are focused on ‘making money’ and ‘my reputation’ then your business and entrepreneurial experience is going to be stress-filled and problematic at best. True, you may get high marks at first; yet in the long-term you will find yourself running out of both financial and emotional steam.

By giving with a loving heart; be it yourself, your product or your service, you are establishing yourself and your business as someone who wants to be happy and fulfilled and share those feelings with others.

To genuinely be of service requires us to genuinely love people. Not in the romantic sense; more in the spiritual, humanistic way that embodies the idea of ‘loving thy neighbor as thyself.’

To reframe this concept from a business perspective, it’s about putting people first ahead of profits. People intuitively pick up when someone makes it all about the money. Businesses motivated only by money have a higher chance of failure. Greed, along with a lack of ethics and integrity, don’t sit well with most of society. Today’s pharmaceutical industry exemplifies such a state of consciousness.

Love, as a business solution, requires each of us to put people first by being of service to others, rather than focusing on what’s in it for me.

2. Doing what you love and loving what you do.
Richard Branson has said that if he isn’t having fun he stops whatever it is he is doing. When we do what we love and love what we do, the money always follows. We have found both personally and through coaching countless others, how true this statement really is. Being passionate about what you do is a key solution to business success.

Florence Scovel Schinn
Florence Scovel Schinn
If you don’t love what you are doing, ask yourself why? Are you living your dream or someone else’s? Are you in business or a particular career to please another person or get their approval?

When we are not doing what we love and loving what we do, we are in some way denying our authentic self. When we deny who we are, and this includes are true passions, we cut off the life flow that permits us to create magnificently on the physical plane.

When you infuse love into your business or career, people feel that energy. Love, like its’ opposite, fear, is infectious. Remember, people buy people. If love isn’t your guiding power then you will not experience a life well-lived. Your business, like your life, will also fall short of its true potential if love isn’t its’ one and only business solution.

3. Leading by example.
Leading by example is contrary to what most people see as strong leadership qualities. Most people confuse leadership with managing. Whether they’re business owners, business management or high profile public figures, chances are they are not exemplifying true leadership. More likely, they are running a baby-sitting service.

True leadership is about leading by example. People will do what you do, not what you say to them. It is about being an open book that allows people to discover your inner contents. This requires you to have courage and vulnerability, which are aspects of love. It is not about power struggles and always being right. It is about being honest, caring and willing to surround yourself with people who perform in the same high quality, high energy manner.

Leading by example is also about putting people first. It is about taking the focus off yourself and letting people know how much you care about them. It’s using love as a business solution because there is an understanding of the power of vision.

“When multiple individuals lead by example and have the same vision, business growth naturally occurs at a rate that far exceeds expectations.”

Leading by example doesn’t mean you neglect yourself either. Be willing to focus on self-care both physically and emotionally. Remember, you can’t be sick enough or poor enough to assist the less fortunate. Enhance what is going on within you and be open to helping others do the same.

4. Expressing a real sense of gratitude and appreciation toward people.
When others feel genuinely appreciated they want to be around their source of appreciation. Genuine appreciation for others, be it clients, customers, employees, and even so-called competitors, sends a clear message that you are using love as your business solution.

Here are some tips to get you started to employ love as your business solution:

=> Take your focus off of the bottom line and money. Money isn’t your problem. However, your relationship with money may be unhealthy and standing in your way of creating a real business solution.

=> Ask yourself if your business or career is in alignment with your values and true passions. If what you are currently doing is not in alignment with who you truly are, then perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your life’s journey and make some changes. It is never too late to change course.

=> Seek guidance and advice from someone you admire and respect. If you are struggling financially, physically or emotionally, do not seek help from your broke brother-in-law. Collaborate with someone who you feel has attained a high level of mastery when it comes to life, career and/or business.

Pick their brains. If they employ love as their life and business solution, then they will be more than happy to share their wisdom with you.

Be open to realizing that your business success is directly affected by the energy you give it.

Whether you accept it as truth or not, love is the greatest power there is anywhere. It is the energy behind all creation. Your business is your creation! Consider infusing it with love as your one and only business solution.

As The Possibility Coaches™, Jon Satin, MBA and Chris Pattay, BBA mentor and consult with Solo-Preneurs, Entrepreneurs, Executives and Upper Management. They provide a unique and even radical approach to business success. If you are seeking a non-conventional, out-of-the-box approach to running your business or company, contact them for business coaching, consulting, mentoring or keynote speaking. To learn more about their approach and to contact them for a consultation, visit: www.PossibilityBusinessCoaching.com

love as a business solution

love as a business solution

Are You an Emotional Eater?

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Is "McDonalds Nutrition" Contributing To Your Pattern Of Emotional Eating?

Is the current quest for nutrition information regarding fast food, like McDonalds nutrition, a quest for knowledge or a reason to justify poor eating habits? Through the experiences of my own physical and personal transformations over my adult lifetime, and as a Life Coach to hundreds of individuals, I have learned that one key factor, if unchecked, can control one’s entire life, and that key factor is addictive behavior.

Now, I am openly admitting that up until a few years ago I was an emotional eater.  When I became aware of this I was stunned to learn how I used food, specifically any food that contained sugar, as a way to feel good.

Jon Satin
Jon Satin

For anyone wh0 knows me this may be surprising.  Up until five years ago, I spent the better part of twenty plus years bodybuilding and keeping myself physically fit.  However, through much of that time I was also ingesting unhealthy foods.  I knew and implemented the basics of good nutrition like eating five or six small, balanced meals per day; yet, when it came to my sugar, specifically anything chocolate, I would not be denied.

Despite the overindulging and addiction to sugar, it was my fixation with my body coupled with my neurotic perfectionism that kept me ‘looking good.’  I never once in those days put ‘two and two’ together that my sugar intake was directly related to my lack of emotional well-being.

From my own personal journey and relationship with food, and coaching clients individually and in groups, I conclude that almost all of us are, in varying degrees, emotional eaters.

Just look at people in the spotlight.  Whenever we are given the opportunity to hear celebrities up-close and personal tell their stories about why they accumulated so much body weight, the inevitable conclusion by all of them was that the additional pounds were the result of some emotional distress.

I have heard this very same rendition repeated countless times by such noted individuals as Oprah, Kirstie Alley, Valerie Bertinelli and Marie Osmond.  They were, and in some cases, still are emotional eaters.

So, who and what is an emotional eater? An emotional eater is anyone who reaches for and consumes food for purposes of easing some kind of emotional pain or discord.  We also like to mask this emotional pain and discord under the term of stress!  The food, therefore, serves some purpose to lull the eater into easing the pain or discord and creating a temporary state of what appears to be positive well-being.  This is of course a false state of well-being that masks pain.  Only eating more food can sustain and replicate that feeling.  This is how an addiction is born.  It becomes a vicious cycle.  Unchecked, the results become physically apparent:  obesity and all the related diseases of the body that are currently and unnecessarily plaguing so many Americans.

If emotional pain creates emotional eating which then creates the additional weight, we have in our grasps the solution to the weight gain epidemic.  This is why so-called weight loss programs and diets do not work over the long term.  How many people  do you know go on diets, buy prepackaged food plans like Nutrisystem, or go to weekly meetings like Weight Watchers, lose the weight, only to gain it back and then some a year later? Why did this happen? Because, like so many plans or programs, nutritional or otherwise, they never address the root cause of the symptom or weight gain.

The root cause as I wrote earlier, is negative emotions associated with unresolved painful issues from the past.  Negative emotions are simply the result of negative thoughts, beliefs and experiences that we relive in our minds over and over again.  Food, because it is easily accessible to most Americans, becomes the drug that can temporarily stifle those ‘bad’ feelings and emotions that arise from negative self-talk.

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What is behind the recent increase in demand for information regarding McDonalds nutrition?

It is this ease of accessibility of food, specifically ‘fast food‘ with our busy, busy, chaotic society, that has become the main resource for the American emotional eater.  He or she easily seeks out McDonalds nutrition (or something dangerously similar).  Fast food is quick, relatively inexpensive, and contains all the toxic components necessary to satisfy and minimize the needs of the compulsive, emotional eater.

McDonalds nutrition, (now that’s an oxymoron like ‘Big shrimp’) provides emotional comfort, nurturing, as well as physical and emotional padding by supplying high levels of saturated fat, sodium, and simple carbohydrates that covert to sugar, as the food selections for its’ consumers.

People who eat these kinds of foods are able to easily ‘stuff down’ their emotions and never have to deal with them.  Many times finding themselves at the fast food drive-through without even knowing how they got there.  This, I know, has become the dangerous cycle we are witnessing and ultimately leading to the demise of a once relatively healthy nation.

I once heard a mentor of mine say that if  ‘the powers that be’ can keep a society addicted to fast food, sugar and keep them in fear and financial debt, they can control them.  Perhaps that’s a subject for another blog at another time.

Let’s shift gears and focus on solutions to this addiction.  Like any addiction, I believe the focus should not be on the type of addiction itself,  but rather on the internal dialogue that moves you or someone you know toward food as a drug.  You may have heard the saying: it’s not what you are eating, it’s what’s eating you!

No matter the addiction: be it food, alcohol, cigarettes, the process of creating a solution and ending the pull toward, and the desire or craving for a substance of any kind is this:  to be ready, willing and able to connect the addictive thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with the addictive behavior.

If you are an emotional eater and are ready to end the addiction, then read on.  Once you are open to this process, begin to observe yourself and how you operate around and with food.  Learn about your relationship with food.  Do you eat to live, fuel your body and sustain your natural well-being? Or do you live to eat just for the purpose of burying your emotions and comfort yourself because you always feel uncomfortable?  Does that extra weight you carry create a protective padding that gives you a false feeling of safety and protection from what you truly emotionally fear?

Chris and I have assisted a great many people with this process and we have developed some really easy and effective tools to begin the process of ending an addictive dependency on food, especially unhealthy, toxic food.

Tip #1:  Put a note on your refrigerator written on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper that says ‘Why am I about to open this door? Am I really hungry or am I avoiding some feeling or emotion?’ This tip works by awakening you to becoming aware of why you are going to the frig.  If you are able to not open the door (and I know you are) , proceed to the next tip.

Tip #2: Walk away from the refrigerator and write down (preferably in a journal) how you are feeling right now.  What are your thoughts? What are you fearful of? What’s really bothering you? Be open and willing to be there for you and share your emotions with yourself.  This will assist you to uncover the link between your hidden thoughts about food and what you may be feeling on a deeper level.  This level of awareness begins the healing process.

Tip #3: If you are ready and willing, open yourself to moving forward and releasing the mindset patterns that lead you to emotional eating.  Seek guidance from a friend, mentor or health care professional.

Understand, that you never want to lose weight, because what you lose will always find its’ way back to you.

The goal here is to do as I have done.  Through the process of emotional healing, I released the thoughts associated with emotional pain that attracted the weight and cravings to me.  And I know you can do the same!

Enjoy healthy foods for their nutritional value and for the shear pleasure of an eating experience.  Without any emotional attachment to food, I guarantee you will experience a new, healthier more vital and fit you!

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mcdonalds nutrition

mcdonalds nutrition