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Word – Choose yours Wisely

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Word – is it important? Yes so choose Wisely

Word, your choice is important. Have you given any thought to this? Are you kidding me? You have no idea how critically important it is that you choose the right word. It will set you up for success or failure. Words put you into a state of gratitude or a state of lack and limitation. You want to choose your words as carefully as your thoughts. Thoughts travel faster than the sound of your voice. Consider this scenario. You are sitting having a cup of coffee. Suddenly, you think about a friend that you haven’t seen in months or even years. You decide to call that person. Just as you initiate that call, your cell phone rings and it is that friend! Has that ever happened to you?

Need to or Choose to

The word need is very heavy. Say it with me. I need to go shopping. I need to go work out. Do you feel it? Now change the word need with choose and complete the sentence. I choose to go shopping. I choose to go work out. Do you feel the difference? Isn’t it lighter?

Need to or Get to

It is your word that matters

Word Choice is Critical

The word need is very heavy. Say it with me. I need to go shopping. I need to go work out. Do you feel it? Now change the word need with get and complete the sentence. I get to go shopping. I get to go work out. Do you feel the difference? Isn’t it lighter?

Several years ago, I was volunteering at Craig Hospital and I met a girl named Linda. She and her fiancé were building a home in the mountains. One day, late in the afternoon, she went to the construction site to do something. There was paper on the floor and over what was going to be a stairway. Because of the lighting, she didn’t see it. She stepped on the paper and fell to the basement. She was paralyzed from the waist down and was confined to a wheel chair. We became good friends. One day, we had been on the phone for quite a while and I said, “Hey, I need to go now, I need to go work out.” She said, “Jan, you get to work out.”

I guessing that comment will stick with you as it has with me. The word ‘need’ is permanently replaced in my vocabulary. If I say it, by mistake, it is the equivalent on chalk on the blackboard for me. I immediately replace it with either the word get or choose.

Common Sense

What is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others. In this case, it makes sense to me that the only way I can get rid of an old bad habit is to replace it with a new good habit. If you want some personal one on one coaching on your word choices, please set up time to work with Success Coach Jan.

I am certainly not making any medical claims; it seems like common sense that if your tummy bloats after eating something you might think about cutting it out of your diet. Unless, of course you like being in pain or you are looking for an excuse not to do something. In that case, go right ahead!!

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. When I was a kid we had Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each of whom had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions were asked. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK anything!

You can submit your questions to me at Nana@empoweringzone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Habit – Can I Break a bad habit

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Is it possible to break a bad Habit?
Habit Good or Bad

Habit – Good or Bad?

Habits, is it possible to break a bad one?  Absolutely …YES! The first thing you must do is recognize it. Once you recognize that you have a bad habit or one you are ready to change, you can choose to Release it! First, it is important to know that if you don’t replace a bad habit with a good one, with intention, it will come back. None of us want that, do we?
Therefore, here is the formula; recognize, release and then replace.

Habits can be Broken

Awareness is key and action is up to me. Recognize that habit you wish you break. Choose to release it. Lastly, you want to choose the thing with which you want to replace it. This is vitally important. If we don’t replace a bad habit with a good habit, we will, by law, replace it with another bad habit.

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Nature abhors a vacuum. Did you ever notice that as soon as you clear off your desk, something moves into that empty spot? I am guessing you said, “yes!” Most of us have had that experience. You may also think about a relationship that you have held on to for far too long. As soon as you let go of that person, you have room for a new love. It is the same thing. Let go of that bad habit and its hold on you. Release it and replace it with a new wonderful empowering habit that serves you.

Common Sense

What is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others. In this case, it makes sense to me that the only way I can get rid of an old bad routine is to replace it with a new good one. If you want some personal one on one coaching on getting rid of a bad habit, please set up time to work with Success Coach Jan.

I am certainly not making any medical claims; it seems like common sense that if your tummy bloats after eating something you might think about cutting it out of your diet. Unless, of course you like being in pain or you are looking for an excuse not to do something. In that case, go right ahead!!

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. When I was a kid we had Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each of whom had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions were asked. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK anything!

You can submit your questions to me at Nana@empoweringzone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Napkin Placement when done Eating – Ask Nana Anything

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Where should I put my napkin when I am done eating at a restaurant?

First, napkins should never ever be put on a dirty plate. It is best to fold or crumble up your napkin and place to the left of the plate. Certainly, it is good to know that the Etiquette books confirm this. So, here is the rule; never ever… crumble up a dirty napkin and put it on your dirty or empty plate.

Second, make it a habit to look for the nearest trash container and drop it there. Equally important are other pieces of trash you might have from your dinner. The empty creamer or sugar packets should NEVER be put on your plate. Aside from the sanitary reasons, it is improper etiquette.

Cloth Napkins

Cloth Napkin

Finally, remember to either fold your cloth napkin and put to the left of your plate or place it back in the napkin ring. If your plate has been removed, then place your dirty napkin in the now empty space in front of you. I can imagine my mom smiling, in my mind of course, knowing that her Nana’s Manners have become an important part of my life.

And more from ‘the Etiquette Scholar’

TOP TEN TABLE MANNERS TIPS!

 

Common Sense

As a matter of fact, what is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others. In this case, it makes sense to me that the only place to put a napkin is on the table and not on a plate. That being said, some people were not brought up with my mother in Boston Proper when white gloves were still the norm and blue jeans were never worn.

I am certainly not making any medical claims; it seems like common sense that if your tummy bloats after eating something you might think about cutting it out of your diet. Unless, of course you like being in pain or you are looking for an excuse not to do something. In that case, go right ahead!!

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. When I was a kid we had Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each of whom had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions were asked. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK anything!

You can submit your questions to me at Nana@empoweringzone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back on Track – Ask Nana

Back on Track?

Ask Nana, “Should I get back on track?”

Back on Track

Perhaps you have heard the expression, back on track. What do you think about when someone says that to you?
For example, “Why don’t you get back on track? You were doing so well!”

In fact, does it make any sense at all to you? I heard one person say that they were going to get back on track with their training program. Why, on earth, would anybody go back?

Nana Fact

Here is a Nana fact! When you look back, you are weak. When you look forward, you are strong.

Why would you go back to a routine that didn’t work? How do I know it didn’t work? Because you got off track!

My suggestion is to go to a new station. Get on a new track. Stick to it!

Common Sense

What is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others. In this case, it makes sense to me that the only place to do personal grooming is in the privacy of a restroom. Some people were not brought up with my mother in Boston Proper when white gloves were still the norm and blue jeans were never worn.

I am certainly not making any medical claims; it seems like common sense that if you set out to do something and it didn’t work that you would try something new. As Einstein said, “Doing something over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.”

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. When I was a kid we had Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each of whom had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions were asked. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK anything!

You can submit your questions to me at Nana@empoweringzone.com

 Simple solution to an age-old problem.

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Ask Nana Anything – Comb Hair in Public?

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Is it okay to comb my hair in public?

Is it okay for me to comb my hair in public?  Absolutely …NOT! No way! It is totally unacceptable to ever comb your hair in public. … NOT in a restaurant. … at a table in a restaurant. … in the entry way of a restaurant or at a theater. It does not matter how windy or rainy it is outside; you want to keep that comb in your pocket until you are in the restroom or someplace private.

Personal Grooming Should Be Done in Private

Anything that has anything to do with personal grooming should be done in private. That is why they have restrooms. Keep your comb in your pocket and only use it in the restroom. Why? Because Nana says so.

Keep this in your pocket

Did you ever think about what happens when you run a comb through your hair? When was the last time you got a hair on your plate at a restaurant? It truly is common courtesy. You are a very courteous person and I know you will take this to heart from now on. A hair out of place is not a criminal offense.  On the other hand, a combing of the hair in public is offensive!

Avoid a primping routine at the table. Don’t rearrange your hair or put your hands to it wherever food is served.

Common Sense

What is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others. In this case, it makes sense to me that the only place to do personal grooming is in the privacy of a restroom. Some people were not brought up in a home with my mother in Boston Proper.  White gloves were still the norm and blue jeans were never worn.

I am certainly not making any medical claims; it seems like common sense that if you comb your hair in the morning before leaving the house and you do that it in privacy of your own home, then that is where you should do it later in the day. Grooming always should be done in the restroom. You asked! If you would like more coaching on this subject, private 1:1 sessions are available.

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions are permissable. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK anything!

You can submit your questions to me at Nana@empoweringzone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask Nana about Oatmeal

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Is Oatmeal Really Good for Old People?

Is Oatmeal good for ‘old’ people? Ask Nana Anything? Yes, anything! Certainly, it depends on whether you have any food allergies. If you are allergic to oat and wheat, then it is not something you want to eat. When I work with clients, I never give advice. Rather than give advice, I give people tools to use so that they can come up with their own solutions. Perhaps you can guess why I choose to coach that way.

Is Oatmeal Healthy for YOU?

Here is a quote from an internet naturopath, “One of the most common things I see in my practice is new clients proudly handing over their food journals, thinking their diets are healthy for the most part, so they’re confused about why they can’t lose weight and/or feel tired and bloated.” Can you relate to this? Do you bloat?

 

What are you adding to your Oatmeal?

Are you eating this  Ask Nana About Oatmeal      or this    Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmealor this Oatmeal and Fresh Fruit

Oatmeal in and of itself is very healthy. It’s what we put on it that makes the difference!

This is just like the Law of Relativity, everything just is, until or unless we compare it something else.
Nothing is big or small until we compare it. These are all made by the same company aren’t they?
Let’s look at the ingredients of the one in the middle.

1 packet of Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal has

  • 157 calories
  • 2 grams of fat
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 32 grams of carbohydrate ( incl 3 g fiber / 13 g added sugar)

Similar in macro-nutrient profile to:

 Common Sense

What is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others.

I am certainly not making any medical claims; it seems like common sense that if your tummy bloats after eating something;

you might think about cutting it out of your diet. Unless, of course you like being in pain or you are looking for an excuse not to do something. In that case, go right ahead!!

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. When I was a kid we had Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each of whom had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions were asked. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK anything!

You can submit your questions to me at Nana@empoweringzone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask Nana Anything from Soup to Nuts

Ask Nana Anything

Ask Nana Anything? Yes, anything! When I was working out the other morning, the idea popped into my head to create a blog where kids of all ages could Ask Nana Anything. By trade, I am a success, business, book and sales coach, but I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist and I don’t play one on TV…yet. When I work with clients, I never give advice. Rather than give advice, I give people tools to use so that they can come up with their own solutions. Perhaps you can guess why I choose to coach that way.

Simple! How much more motivated are you to do something, to act on something you discover or uncover on your own?
Exactly! That is the main difference between a coach and a doctor. The doctor prescribes. The coach facilitates what you learn and do.

No Claims

On the other hand, as Nana, I don’t think that it is necessary to make any disclaimers. Much of what Nana suggests is common sense.  At my age, I have had a plethora of experiences and feel like I have a pretty good head on my shoulders.

Common Sense

What is common sense to Nana is not necessarily common sense to others. That is rather interesting when one thinks about common sense. Thomas Paine wrote an essay on Common Sense in 1776 in common language.

Kids of All Ages

When I say kids of all ages, that means anyone under the age of 60! After all, I come with years of experience. My son is now 44 and my granddaughter is 21.

Rules, Regulations and Respect

My mom was all about rules, regulations and respect. When I was a kid we had Erma Bombeck and Ann Landers, each of whom had a column in the daily newspaper. All kinds of questions were asked. There are no bad questions. Only those questions that have not been asked. Please keep this in mind as you submit your questions to Nana. You can ASK Nana Anything!

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Time – where does it go?

Happy Sunday!
Can you believe it is already March 5th? We are 3 months into the year.
It blows my mind how fast the time seems to go. Perhaps it is my age.
It is often said, the older one gets the faster the time moves.

“Too much to do” and “Not enough time” are victim words.

Every time you repeat those words, you are letting yourself off the hook for managing yourself. You are blaming circumstances beyond your control and subscribing to victimhood. Of course there is too much to do! Of course there is not enough time! Get used to it!”

Well, we all know that no one can manage time. We all get the exact same number of minutes in a day, a week or a year. Have you ever got to the end of a day and realized that you are totally exhausted and yet you got nothing done?

Would you like to be empowered to have different results? I thought so.

Here are the 4 rules of time:

  1. Time is perishable
  2. Time cannot be saved
  3. Time is necessary for achievement
  4. Time is irreplaceable

It’s truly about the choices we make. If we are choosing to do one thing then we are also simultaneously choosing NOT to do something else.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

 

It is all about itemizing, organizing and prioritizing the things you have to do. Working with Success Coach Jan will help you get into good daily habits.

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