21 Days- Why Challenging Yourself To Give Up Something For 21 Days Can Help You

By- Tom Kubrak


Something is out of whack in your life. What are you going to do to fix it though. The situation has become drastic and if you don’t fix it then well you may not accomplish the things that you want to.

The Challenge

To simply give something up for 21 days. What should you give up though and why should you do it?

If you have a bad habit or something it’s something that you should do.

For example… If you’re struggling with overeating, partying too much, playing too many video games, spending too much money, going shopping too much, over drinking, etc. it’s something you should consider giving up.

Why?

The goal of giving something up for 21 days is about learning how to control yourself and the bad habits that you have developed. It’s about teaching yourself to say no to the many temptations that will arise

First Stage

The First 7 Days or otherwise known as “The Battle Stage” which has you fighting and questioning whether this was a good idea or not.

In this stage you need to remember to remind yourself daily on your commitment because those temptations that arise will make you cave and lose the challenge.

You can also call this the “Daily Reminder Day”

Middle Stage

The middle stage is where it begins to get a little easier you start to get into a grove and maybe get a little cocky. All in all though, your confident and succeeding, having gotten through the first stage you believe your going to easily win this challenge.

Last Stage

The final 7 days or “The Home Stretch War.” This can go one of two ways, since you got through the first 14 days you can breeze through it having almost.

Why it’s called “The Home Stretch War” is because you’re right there, at the finish line, but you need to finish and finish strong. It can easily slip away in those last final days.

I remember when I was in my last race of my Senior year where I missed getting the school record by .13 seconds.

Looking back at it, it was the best time of my track career, but I didn’t finish the way I should have.

Other Challenges

Jeff Boss describes some other challenges that can help jump start you and better you in the long run. Point number 3 stands out to me, “working out within 2 minutes of waking up(insert here)” Check it out here.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2015/01/17/15-unique-thirty-day-challenges-guaranteed-to-make-you-a-better-you/#57105834291e

Conclusion

Make it easier on yourself ,not harder for these challenges too. Meaning, set up a good structure where you don’t find yourself confronting the thing that you are trying to give up too many times.

Before starting the challenge, tell a few of your closest allies and write down your commitment.

At the end of the day, it will be up to your own will power and intuition.

“I like to challenge myself. I like to learn – So I like to try new things and keep growing.” -David Schwimmer


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Food Addiction- 5 Strategies on How To Overcome Your Addiction To Food

By- Tom Kubrak


You’re an addict… of food. Admit it. Your trying to hide it but it’s time to take action and overcome this beast.

Self Accountability/Punishments

You have to be accountable to yourself first. That’s your biggest battle. You must win the battle with yourself. There’s many strategies to do that. Including…

  1. Write down what you’re going to eat the next day before going to bed
  2. Write out a list of things you’re not going to eat
  3. Create punishments for yourself for eating one of those things or goiing outside of your food plan. For example…
    1. 50 jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups
    2. 10 minute jog
    3. Read for 10 minutes(not easy for a lot of people)
    4. Sit still, with music, for 5-10 minutes

Yes, some of those punishments may not be fun but trust the process and overtime the goal is to instill in your mind that, just like when you were a child… there’s punishments for your actions.

Tell/Ask 1-3 People

Just tell two people of your battle with food. Keep it at three people whom you like and trust because if you tell more than it will just become too big for you to control and may even diminish your chances of winning the battle.

The next step is to ask one person if they will be your accountability partner. This person is the person that will ‘lay down the hammer’ on you when you try to start to talk yourself out of why you’re doing this and making excuses for your bad actions. Find the right person and give the freedom to tell you the truth. Also, make a commitment plan with this person and schedule weekly phone calls and meetups.

Start a Group

Find people who you know are struggling with the same issue and band together to share your daily struggles and victories.

You can use the “Groupme” app for this or start a once a month meetup group. Make it fun too. You can make it a fun competition while keeping the serious nature of overcoming your addiction.

Moderation

Many addicts of all sorts are still on edge about this step. I’m for moderation because it allows you to enjoy the foods you love. The only problem for the moderation technique is not knowing what moderation means to you.

That’s why you have to set limits. Right down what you’re going to eat daily and if you break that then, going back to step one, give yourself consequences for going over.

If you do decide to quit your bad food completely then find a good replacement for what you’re giving up or you’ll pick up something worse.

Develop A Deep Desire to Win

Ultimately, if you don’t have a deep desire to succeed in your chosen craft all of the other steps may only work in the short term. Make a drastic effort in getting enthusiastic every day about pursuing your craft. Not when you feel like it because that will give you a scapegoat to bless yourself with the best excuse for Food Addicts to eat bad, “It’s okay to eat this right now, I deserve it.”

Science and Food

Check out Kris Gunnars story about Food Addiction. Where he mentions some of the science behind some of the foods we eat, it’s effect on our bodies and mind. Plus some more useful tips!

Check it out here https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-overcome-food-addiction

“Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery from your addiction.” -Susannah Grant


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Stolen Idea- How Your Business Should React When Someone Steals Your Idea

By- Tom Kubrak


“Are you F****** kidding me! That bastard is going to pay. I sware by my great great great grandfathers grave that that mother f***** is going to pay for what they’ve done.”

And there you go… for the next two or three months cursing the person that in your mind has ruined you.

Instead of concentrating on your business you are allowing someone else’s actions to disrupt your business.

More importantly you’re not worrying about yourself and all the great things that you can do.

Did they steal my idea?


Maybe they did. Maybe they didn’t. The better thing to ask yourself is, “What do I do now?”(More on that later)

Why?

They most likely stole your idea because it was a great idea. Yes it wasn’t right that they stole it but trust in karma. It’s not your job to punish them.

If you had that great of an idea you can have another great idea. Just keep working!

Reacting

  1. Stop and think.
  2. Don’t react
  3. Talk to your team
  4. Ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
  5. If needed try to confront the person directly( with someone with you)
  6. Keep running your business
  7. Help your community out

Revenge

Erin Blakemore has some good advice on the best revenge you can give someone when they steal your idea. https://www.creativelive.com/blog/react-like-a-professional/

“The best revenge is massive success.” -Frank Sinatra


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Product Disapproval- How Your Business Should React When A Customer Disapproves of Your Product

By- Tom Kubrak


You may think that you have the best product… but do you?

 

Keep an Open Mind

It’s too easy to get caught up in your vision and what you have produced. You may have a great product but what happens when the first customer comes up and says something like, “It’s missing something” or “I don’t like it.”

Maybe you want to have a negative reaction to that person saying that, but hold your tongue. Take this seriously. It may be just the one customer, but it also may be more than just one customer. So don’t get defensive. The most important thing is finding out if other people feel the same way and if so what you need to do to fix this.

Ask Your Customer Base

If you have a brick and mortar just ask people what they think about the product. If you have an online business’ then, with social media, reach out to your customers and ask them what they think.

Adjust, Keep or Scrap?

Once you get your desired feedback it’s time to come to a conclusion. Was it just the one person or was there more people that had the same thoughts?

Do you need to make adjustments to the product, keep it as is, or just cut it out of your product line altogether?

Refund Requests

Check out Marie Forleo’s post/video on the proper ways to handle when customers ask for a refund and are upset. Check it out here https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/09/handle-refunds-unhappy-customers/

Know Your Product

At the end of the day though, regardless of the feedback, it’s your product. If you strongly believe in it still after some negative backlash, hold strong.

Just don’t neglect others opinions. The one opinion you do decide to neglect, could be the breakthrough you need to push your company/product to the best level yet.

“Critique, feedback, reaction to one’s work or the way they presented, regardless of intention, is a gift.” -Mark Brand


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Dropping Profits- How A Business Should React When Profits Drop

by- Tom Kubrak


You’re down on profits. Things aren’t looking so good. You ask yourself,

“What is going on and what am I going to do about it?”

It’s easy to start to freak out and start blaming other people.

In reality though. You need to remind yourself that you were the one that decided to start this business and you’re the one that needs to dig yourself out of it.

It falls on your shoulders as an owner. Always.

Your Team

People. People. People. It starts and ends with people. Do you have the right team? Check out  https://readyaction.blog/2018/08/04/the-right-team-your-business-will-prosper-if-you-have/ 

Maybe a team member has not been doing the things you want and has been negatively affecting a lot of things for the business. Yes the employee could be a bad listener or team member. Maybe they have a bad attitude, but maybe your just a bad teacher.

As an owner or manager you can’t expect all of your employees to just know everything when they walk through the door. Try creating a training program so they know the expectations and your process’ when they walk through the door. https://readyaction.blog/2018/08/11/training-program-your-business-will-prosper-if-you-have-a/ 

It’s up to you to explain to them thoroughly what they need to do.

If they screw up…

Give them a second chance for goodness sake. Everyone deserves a second chance and maybe you need to reevaluate a different approach because everyone learns differently.

Coming up with the Solution

  1. Idea Generation– get a white board or a piece of paper, bring your team together and brainstorm what is going on. Write it all down.
  2. Circle the things that stand out
  3. Go in depth about each one
  4. Draw up a specific plan to solve the problem
  5. Ask people on your team what they think about the plan
  6. Act

Acting on The Problem

Now it’s time to act. Pinpoint the problem and act quickly. Make sure you go over the plan though so you can get out of this negative time for your business a little quicker and not make it any more strenuous.

Accounting- Online Presence- Others

As you know, there’s many different problems that could be happening in your business. Mike Kappel goes a little more in depth in five more areas that could be affecting your profits, in his article https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikekappel/2017/05/03/5-causes-for-a-small-business-losing-money/#525aff85c3df-

Some specific points he highlights are

  1. Bad Accounting
  2. Non-existent Investing
  3. Non-existent Online Presence
  4. Check out his article
  5. Check out his article

Passion or Sell?

Walking into business’ now a days you can see the owner losing the passion they had when they first started the business. Find a way to get the passion back or sell your company. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you hold onto the business, continue to be miserable and keep on losing money.

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” -Dale Carnegie


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Trending- How Your Business Should React When A Popular Trend Comes Along

By- Tom Kubrak


I am…

The answer lies within defining who you are.


Think of a trend like a storm. A hurricane specifically. They don’t last forever. But they can be devastating.

If you’re not…

prepared that is.

A hurricane can take places, people and business’ driven down to nothing.

….

Being that ReadyAction is based out of Raritan New Jersey, we’ll concentrate on Hurricane Sandy.

A hurricane that devastated areas along the upper East Coast shore line. Many areas were effected but a prime point of the storm was The Jersey Shore. Some homes were swept right into the ocean. Included in the destruction of this super storms path was the legendary Seaside Heights Roller Coaster. Along with the homes that wereswept away, boardwalks were washed away and business’ lost everything all in the short period of time it took the hurricane to raise the ocean floor and it’s rushing winds.

A woman looks at a roller coaster sitting in the ocean, when the boardwalk it was built upon collapsed during Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey

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Reacting To The Trend/Storm

Step…

  1. Define who you are as a company.
  2. What is the trend(Write it down! Get specific.)
  3. Ask yourself…”Does it fit into who we are as a company?”
  4. Implement a trend only if you still will be a prosperous business when the trend falls.

If you decide to implement a trend into your company too early…

Well… think of it like being three quarters of the way through the foundation and then just saying, “F*** it! Let’s start to build the second floor of the house!”

That is silly but if you did manage to get the house up, without putting those few bricks into the foundation, eventually…

…it’s going to fall.

In the beginning stages of your business you must establish “Your Foundation” or “Your Number One Thing.” Make it strong and always be able to fall back on your one thing that your customers know you will always have or be able to do.

Coca-Cola once tried to change their recipe and after a short period the customers wanted the old recipe back. They still had the recipe and re-implemented it back into the marketplace. The tried something new and it didn’t work but they were able to survive it because they reacted quickly and listened to their customers.

Listen

One of the best things you can do for yourself to get prepared for what’s going on in the business world is to simply…

There’s many ways you can do this too. In “Business & IP Centre” post https://www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre/articles/how-to-identify-market-trends-for-long-term-business-planning they describe ways you can do that including…

  1. Talk to your customers and then…______.
  2. Follow Social Media accounts related to your industry and ______.
  3. Read publications
  4. Check the rest of the ideas out in their post

Also, talk to the people in your community. Being online is great, but your next door neighbor may have the answer you’re looking for.

The Storm Will Come

Will you be ready for it?

“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand. They listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey


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The Slump- 19 Ways To Get Out of Your Slump and Get Back To Producing Results

By- Tom Kubrak


“What the hell is going on!” You scream at yourself after your second week in a row of not producing the results you want, your third meeting you had to cancel, your second week missing your workouts, and just not having that edge you had before where you felt like you could do anything you set your mind to.

But now… it’s gone and your new mission becomes, ‘Figure out what you need to do.’

A war is going on and it’s between you. You and you only.

What are you willing to do to get yourself out of this spot you find yourself in in your life?

Before any of these strategies you have to ask yourself, “Am I willing to do whatever is necessary to get out of this slump?”

It may take some time but now you can begin to get yourself back on track.

Possible Slump Breakers

  1. Tell yourself what was going on
  2. Write down what’s going on
  3. Write out your goals and put them somewhere you can see daily 
  4. Tell one to two people about your new commitment
  5. Find out what was working before and bring it back
  6. Write down what you will and won’t do now
  7. Implement a reading plan and recruit a few people to join you
  8. Do some research
  9. Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing
  10. Start a meditation practice
  11. Reschedule and move things around on your calendar
  12. Challenge yourself- and let go of something you’ve been doing that may be holding you back(check out The Bounce Back Effect Post on ReadyAction
  13. Implement a daily walking routine
  14. Have a day with no technology
  15. Take a weekend for yourself and travel somewhere
  16. Take a week off to reassess
  17. If you can’t take a week off, take a half day. If you can’t do that take the night off.
  18. Start working out just a few minutes each day and gradually increase the time as each day/week passes.
  19. Grab a drink with a friend and talk it out.

Actively Patient

Check out Melissa Pierce’s post at https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-surprising-way-to-get-out-of-a-slump to find out the benefits and what it means to be “Actively Patient” when finding out how to get out of your slump.

 

Sometimes what you need to do is obvious. Other times it’s hidden somewhere. Just keep trying and recognizing that you’re not where you want to be and make it happen. 

“My motto was to always keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.” -Hank Aaron


By- Tom Kubrak

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