From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Easy Ways to Exercise

by Justin Lukasavige on March 30, 2008

Exercising doesn’t always have to be as intentional as setting aside an hour of your day and going to the gym. Try some of these tips to fit exercise into even the busiest days.

Take the stairs
Rake leaves, shovel, or garden
Take a long phone call standing up
Ride your bike instead of driving
Stand up to change the channel when you watch tv
Play with your kids


Comfortable Misery

by Justin Lukasavige on March 30, 2008

The story goes that a salesman walked up to the front porch of an old customer to find him sitting on his porch. Next to him was an old dog that moaned once about every 10 seconds. When the salesman asked the man why his dog was moaning, the man replied that he’d been lying on a rusty nail all morning. When asked why the dog would not get up to move, the old man replied simply “I guess it doesn’t hurt enough yet.”

Is there some pain in your life that causes you strife, anguish and stress? What is it that makes you uncomfortable? Now that you have identified that, why are you still doing it? The pain of our situation has to be great enough to set us free from the things that we don’t like in life.

Far too many people are working at jobs they despise. If you let yourself get too comfortable in your misery you will never be able to do anything about it but complain. Do yourself, your spouse and your family a favor and make a change today!

First, start by taking a look inside and discover who you truly are. You cannot expect to simply change jobs and be happy. Find our how you are uniquely gifted and how your values, dreams and passions align with your life’s calling. The personality profile is our most popular product and is an invaluable tool in discovering your unique gifts as well as career matches. I use it with every Career & Life Coaching client.

Second, develop a plan to move into the work that you love. Whether that involves developing or fine-tuning your resume to work for another company, or creating your own business, do it with a plan. You have to have a strong amount of faith through the entire process, but without a clearly written plan, you are only asking for trouble.

Do not simply quit what you are doing now. I am not a fan of burning bridges and leaving everything behind. There may be a strong transition period in your life that involves doing a few things all at once. With a strong plan in place, I know your can meet and exceed your goal of doing the work you love!


How to Choose a Gym

by Justin Lukasavige on March 29, 2008

While it’s not necessary to have a gym membership in order to stay in shape, some people prefer to have one and are willing to spend the money. Here are the top things to look for when choosing the right gym for you.

Location If your gym is more than 10 minutes away, studies show you likely won’t go. Make the location the number one thing you look for and the membership will probably be worth it.

Hours This is almost as important as location. You know when the most likely time is that you’ll go and you need to make sure your gym is open at that time.

Cost Don’t get a membership at a gym you can’t afford. In addition to the monthly fee, there may also be other costs associated with the membership, such as a sign-up fee. You may even have to pay for parking at some gyms. Be sure to do your research before you sign any contracts.

Equipment and classes Most people have an idea of what they like to do at the gym, whether it’s the elliptical trainer or step aerobics classes. Look into what each gym offers and make sure they have what you want. It’s also important to note the wait times for the equipment. If you have to spend most of your time waiting to use something, you’re less likely to continue going.

Atmosphere At the very least, be sure to take a tour of the gym before signing up. You can also ask the sales person about the demographics, which might be important if you’re looking for a crowd that’s around your age or gender. Don’t feel pressured to sign up without trying it out. Many gyms give weekly passes so you can get a feel for what the gym is really like.

Before you choose a gym, make sure that you are committed to working out. Explore the reasons why you want to join a gym and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Want some more motivation? Print off this fitness contract and fill it out. Hang it on your refrigerator or bulletin board and you’ll be reminded daily about your commitment to go.

Tip: Some health insurance companies reimburse for part of your gym memberships. Be sure to look into all possible discounts.


Preventing Memory Loss

by Justin Lukasavige on March 27, 2008

A big concern as people age is memory loss. While some memory loss is normal, there are things you can do to control and prevent much of it.

Exercise your mind
Continue to challenge yourself to learn new skills and practice those you already have. These include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Scrabble, or putting together puzzles. These may help produce new connections between brain cells.

Take care of your health
While this can encompass many things, the most important are getting enough sleep, manage your blood pressure and cholesterol, eat a nutritious diet, and maintain a healthy weight.

There have been many studies recently on how socializing improves your memory. A recent one suggests that talking to another person for just 10 minutes a day can improve your memory. This may be just as effective as doing mental exercises.

Reduce stress
The more stressed and anxious you are, the more likely you are to have poor memory as you age. Find ways to cope with stress and practice those techniques.


Overcoming Adversity

by Justin Lukasavige on March 26, 2008

Nick’s story is very interesting. He doesn’t have arms and hands and only 1 foot that is of any use to him.

However, it’s simply amazing what he can do and where he gets his strength from. Instead of sitting around all day feeling sorry for himself, he travels the world speaking to groups of a 100,000 at a time, not about his disabilities, but about his abilities.

What’s your downfall? Are you letting it affect your life, or are you using it to your advantage?


Socializing is Good For Your Health

by Justin Lukasavige on March 25, 2008

I sometimes forget how good it feels to just get together with a friend or a group of friends and how beneficial that can be for my health. A lot of times people list getting together to socialize on the bottom of their priorities because there are so many other things that take precedence.

My days are very stressful, as I’m sure a majority of people’s are. When I don’t take time for myself at the end of the day I never have a chance to unwind and de-stress. It never ceases to amaze me how good I feel after I get together with a friend.

If you aren’t taking enough time in your life to spend time with people you love, make it a priority today. Even if you start off by meeting up with someone once every two weeks, you’ll immediately see the difference.


$49,000 in College Scholarships

March 25, 2008

Many of the clients I talk to on a daily basis have questions about funding college for one or more of their children. [...]

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Time to Jump?

March 21, 2008

How do you know when it’s officially time to jump for the job you either hate or know deep down you weren’t meant for, to your true calling and passion? There is certainly quite a bit of faith involved in making the decision, but it comes down to the best laid plans and some [...]

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Going Through the Motions

March 19, 2008

Do you spend your life just “going through the motions?” I’ve always been a very purposeful person, but lately I’ve discovered that I’m not getting much out of going to the gym. I leave there sort of in a daze, and come home almost forgetting that I’ve just been there.
There was once a [...]

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Change in Routine

March 18, 2008

When I get into a routine I sometimes forget that there are other ways of doing things. Usually, the result of being in a routine means boredom. Take working out for example. I used to go to the gym first thing in the morning. That was before I discovered how relaxing [...]

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