Jessica Huffman

Ready To Discover Wonderful You?

Competition

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THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> Aware of my competitors

I will (Doing) ———-> Strive to win

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> An aspiration to be the best

I need (Requirement) ———-> Peers for comparison and motivation

I love (Value) —————> A chance to go against the best

I Hate (Value) —————> Coming in second

Metaphor/Image ———-> No consolation prizes —— the gold medal is the only medal

Barrier Label ———-> Sore loser

 

THEME CONTRAST:

COMPETITION: When I watch others perform, I get better.

SIGNIFICANCE: When others watch me perform, I get better

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COMPETITION: The scoreboard measures my progress and validates victory

ANALYTICAL: Data quantify experience and validate theories.

 

Want to discover your Top Five strengths, then click HERE to take the assessment. If you or someone you know has COMPETITION, then comment below!

Context

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THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> Appreciative of my predecessors and prior events

I will (Doing) ———-> Remember Important history

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> Accurate memories and valuable memorabilia

I need (Requirement) ———-> Relevant background for discussions/decisions

I love (Value) —————> The retrospective

I Hate (Value) —————> When the past is forgotten

Metaphor/Image ———-> Rearview Mirros —- essential for safe driving

Barrier Label ———-> Stuck in the past

 

THEME CONTRAST:

CONTEXT: I naturally remember and revere what has been.

FUTURISTIC: I naturally anticipate and imagine what could or should be.

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CONTEXT: I can proceed when I understand history

FOCUS: I can proceed when the goal is clear

 

Want to discover your Top Five strengths, then click HERE to take the assessment. If you or someone you know has CONTEXT, then comment below!

4 Books For The New Year!

I’m surfing the internet and the New Year chatter has begun.

And in 3 months, we wonder what happened to that euphoric feeling that a 24 hour time change brings.

For me, 2017 is about simplifying my goals into key “buckets” of my life. It’s taken some time to narrow them down, in fact the 10th goal is still not 100% articulated. After a short 35 trips around the sun, a few things have resonated with me throughout the new year’s appeal; the people in my world and the things that I do. Every goal always comes back to those two main areas and as I’ve (questionably) matured, the impact and influence of those people and actions carry more meaning and weight; both good and bad.

In order to maximize those goals, I’ve had to acknowledge two things:

  1. I don’t know everything.
  2. Keep learning.

My father always taught me to position myself as a student of people I would most like to become. He never said I had to be in a relationship with them. Took me a minute to catch on until he modeled it for me. He loved to READ! My father read books, newspapers, and saved clippings in a folder by subject so when those moments in life called for some wisdom from his mentors, he pulled them from his folders.

I remember his words clearly, “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers!”

And so I read because I knew God had called me to live life differently than most.

And I positioned these “guru’s” as mentors in my life through their words, books, blogs, podcasts, and articles.

Every time I finished a book, I would go back to my two core statements: I don’t know everything and keep learning/growing and I would read some more.

So grab a cup of coffee because, I’m sharing the 4 books that I am reading in 2017 so I can….

Keep growing, why?

Because I don’t know everything.

 

  1. Life Application Study Bible – The New Living Translation

Want a book that will racially change your life? Read the Bible. Even if you don’t understand it, your life, from the inside out, will change dramatically. If you can’t afford to buy one, then download the YouVersion.com for GREAT devotionals and Bible translations for FREE. Commit to reading 10 minutes a day and watch your life take an adventure!

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2. Fire Your Boss”, by Stephen M. Pollan & Mark Levine

I love the title because it captures your attention and then the book throws you a twist. If you have a boss or work with people over you who “call the shots” in some way of your career and job, then this book is for you!

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3. “The Richest Man Who Ever Lived”, by Steven K. Scott

Life and goal planning can be a bit tedious for me with it’s whimsical claims and less practical approaches. Add on the fact that most goals leave ZERO room for your faith and wisdom and I’m checked out. This books does both because it breaks down the wisdom of the richest man who ever lived and how he achieved it.

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4. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, by John Maxwell

Hands-down the BEST book on if you are leading people in any capacity! It’s practical, applicable, and super challenging. Be prepared for your leadership paradigm to shift or possibly be destroyed. PS – This is a yearly book read!

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What about you? How will you position yourself as a student of learning for 2017 or what books will you read? I’m always looking for new books to read that others have been challenged or changed by, so sound off on the comments below.

Top Five: 5 Ways To Stay Healthy This Holiday Season By Farah El-Hadidy

The holiday season is finally here…. I find the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day to be the hardest month to stick to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Truthfully, it all begins with Halloween and all the leftover candy. There is constant temptation from desserts, sweet treats, unhealthy fats, and just way too much food in general.
Today I want to share 5 tips that have helped me stay on track year after year. So when it’s time to welcome 2017, you will have maintained your weight, or you might have even shed some!

1. Stay hydrated. When you go to a party, and there will be many, be sure you alternate high calorie drinks like alcohol, eggnog, cocktails or hot chocolate, with water, infused water or sparkling water. These holiday drinks can have a lot of hidden calories and sugar, so watch out! Enjoy a few and be sure to balance it out with water. This will also alleviate hangover symptoms, you will be grateful the next morning!

2. Eat several small meals. During the holiday season we tend to skip meals and indulge in one big holiday meal at a party or family dinner. This year let’s do things a little differently… instead of starving yourself all day, eat some healthy snacks throughout the day, and most importantly be sure to have a healthy balanced breakfast. This will help you stay on track and not overeat. These changes although small, will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and keep you energized… no need to spend the entire day being HAngry from not eating for hours, or be the first to pass out from overeating!

3. Indulge mindfully. Enjoying food and sweet treats is very much part of enjoying the holidays. Instead of looking at it as an all or nothing, we want to shift from this extreme mentality that leaves us feeling emotionally deprived and ready to go overeat until January. Instead, let’s practice mindful indulgence, so when you decide to eat a treat: taste it, savor it, chew slowly and have one portion. Learning to indulge mindfully is a powerful practice that will ensure satisfaction and long term success

4. Stay active. This season is busy, busy, busy with lots of gift shopping and grocery shopping on the list… so why not use the busy shopping season and burn off some calories? If you are heading to the mall to buy some Christmas gifts or to the grocery store, park a little further, or take your time and do some window shopping. Instead of driving to mail your gifts, walk to the post office. Remember, Every step counts. Personally, I love using a pedometer on my smart phone to see how much progress I’ve made… it all adds up, plus it motivates me to log in more steps!

5. Schedule time to relax. We spend so much of our time taking care of our loved ones that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Although the holidays are nourishing in their own way, they can be overwhelming and stressful. Many of us, me included, tend to indulge in food when we are stressed. So this year, schedule some time just for YOU. Take a relaxing bath, meditate, read your favorite book, get your nails done, or simply go for a walk. Do whatever helps you calm down and de-stress. Make this a priority, you are worth it!

Above all, enjoy the holidays and remember they are not only about food, but most importantly they are about spending quality time with family and friends. This can be nourishing in itself. Have fun and enjoy that occasional sweet treat.

For years I lost myself in the holidays and somehow arrived in January bloated, unhappy and feeling so off track…do you feel that way too? Let’s do things a little different this year and welcome 2017 feeling GREAT, while not skipping that slice of pumpkin pie. Sustainable health is not about restriction; it’s about balance. With implementing a few tips and tricks for this holiday season, you’ll enjoy yourself while feeling great.

I know how hard it can be, that is why I put together a Holiday Survival Guide so I can share my best tips for managing stress, enjoying your favorite holiday treats without overindulging, and learning how to stay in touch with your body during this often hectic time. You’ll also find my 4-Day Post-Holiday Healthy Reset Plan with recipes, shopping list and suggested meals. Get your copy here >>> Holiday Survival Guide

Happy Holidays!

 

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I’m Farah El-Hadidy. I specialize in helping busy women and men put health back on top of the priority list through practical tips and strategies that deliver REAL results.

I received my Health Coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, NY in 2012. I practice in Boston, MA where I support clients both locally and globally via phone or internet. I also offer workshops and corporate workshops.

My background of 10 years in the corporate world, government contracting industry, and now as a busy mom to a busy two year old, and Health Coach running my own private practice… I know first-hand the pressures and challenges of busy, stressed out women and men who are juggling a number of things at the same time.

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Women Who Work #2: Lilah Higgins

3 Ways to Make Giving Core To Your Brand

How do you start the famed Elevator Speech for your business?

“I help…” right?

I help entrepreneurs build their businesses.
I help moms build schedules for their home.
I help dads meal plan.

I think often we spend so much time figuring out the last half of those sentences, we forget the heart behind them. The key to these things is that we’re here to help.

Generosity in your branding should be one of the core pillars to your business. What do I mean by generosity? I really mean listening and acting on what you hear within your tribe of people.

If you’re deepIy connected with your people, then you can really hone in on and define what you’re offering them to ensure that you’re providing the things they need – free or paid.

You see, listening and acting on what you hear is the best way to be generous to your people, because suddenly you know the best way to help them.

Here are 3 ways to listen to your people and be truly generous in your branding.

LEAN IN Don’t just listen, lean in. Really try to get to the root of your people’s needs and desires. And not just their tangible needs, but the ways in which they need encouragement. Look passed what content they need to the heart of what they’re aching for. This is key to building a space where you can be extremely generous.

TAKE ACTION Once you know what they need, create it! Build resources and prompts and challenges and other ways to help them through their problems while assuring them that you’re cheering for them along the way. This not only shows your generosity, but builds trust between you and your potential clients and customers.

BUILD A LIST OF SOURCES If you find you’re unable to give to your people the resources or services they need, then having a list of references is a great solution. When you have direct recommendations for people, and you’re unable to help them, recommending out other people goes a long way in building trust and showing that you actually care about them getting their needs met. I keep a running list of connections I know who work in specific areas where I specifically don’t, so I recommend them out as I see needs arise that I can’t meet.

A final note: always be on the look for ways that you can give back without decreasing value for your people. This doesn’t mean simply giving away a bunch of stuff for free and devaluing what you have to offer. It means adding value on top of value and listening and honing in on the needs of your tribe in creative and generous ways.

 

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Lilah Higgins is a Brand Designer & Biz Mentor to Artsy Makers living at the foot of Yellowstone National Park. When she’s not chasing around her toddlers or working alongside her techie husband, she is helping talented Makers by providing them with logos, branding, and design consultation. She drinks her coffee iced and enjoys opening her home to people and telling the stories of Makers & Creatives. She’s also the founder of the #waketomake hashtag on Instagram. You can find her at http://www.thehigginscreative.com

Consistency

 

 

consistency

THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> More interested in group needs than individual wants

I will (Doing) ———-> Reduce variance and increase uniformity

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> Rules and policies that promote cultural predictability

I need (Requirement) ———-> Standard operating procedures

I love (Value) —————> Repeating things in the exact same way

I Hate (Value) —————> Unnecessary customization

Metaphor/Image ———-> The beauty and efficiency of a consistent golf swing

Barrier Label ———-> Rules trump relationships and results

 

THEME CONTRAST:

CONSISTENCY: Treating people similarly promotes fairness

Individualization: Treating people differently promotes fairness.

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CONSISTENCY: I like merry-go-rounds

Adaptability: I like roller coasters.

 

Want to discover your Top Five strengths, then click HERE to take the assessment. If you or someone you know has CONSISTENCY, then comment below!